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GAIL pipeline project: PK Kunjalikutty ‘corrects’ chief secretary

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GAIL pipeline project: PK Kunjalikutty ‘corrects’ chief secretary
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Thiruvananthapuram: Industries Minister P K Kunjalikutty on Wednesday said that the government would not go ahead with the Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL) pipeline project neglecting the uncertainty of people about it.

“The government has not said that it will go ahead with the project no matter what. The comment made by Chief Secretary Jiji Thomson on the matter is wrong. We will clear the uncertainly among the people about the project before moving ahead,” Kunjalikutty said.

In candid remarks, Jiji Thomson had on Tuesday said resistance on flimsy grounds and obsolete laws were among main factors blocking the underground pipe-laying work from Kochi LNG Terminal to Bengaluru.

At a meet-the-press programme on 'Political and Developmental Debate' at Thiruvananthapuram Press Club here, Thomson said it was very essential for the state's development to carry out underground pipe-laying work for carrying LNG from the Kochi LNG terminal to Mangaluru and Bengaluru, but was delayed due to opposition from a section of people.

Due to opposition from a section of people for carrying out the underground pipeline for carrying LNG, only 17 km length had been completed till now, he said.

Thomson, who took over as Chief Secretary four months ago, had also said that action would be taken against the protesters.

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