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Gas pipelines to be laid across northeast states: Union Minister

He said the project to lay the gas pipeline would be executed by Indradhanush Gas Grid Ltd (IGGL) which is a joint venture of Indian Oil, ONGC, GAIL, Oil India, and Numaligarh Refinery, 

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Shillong: Union Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Rameswar Teli on Monday said that gas pipelines would be laid across all the North eastern states.

He said the project to lay the gas pipeline would be executed by Indradhanush Gas Grid Ltd (IGGL) which is a joint venture of Indian Oil, ONGC, GAIL, Oil India, and Numaligarh Refinery, 

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“Under this project Meghalaya too is included. This pipeline will extend till Shillong and we want the work to start as soon as possible,” Teli said.

Stating that recently tenders for five blocks were invited, the Union Minister however said, Meghalaya was not included but soon tender for the state will also be invited.

On a frequent hike in prices of fuel in the country, Teli said is correlated to the increase in the crude oil prices in the international market. 

“We import 83 percent of oil and gas from abroad and if there is an increase of prices in the international market we also hike the prices of fuel and gas,” he said.

Teli also said that the government is trying to explore new petroleum and oil in various parts of the country.

“We have come to know that in the Northeast petroleum and gas is available. In Nagaland through exploration, we have found that there is oil and petroleum. We have also come to know that the same is also available in Meghalaya,” Teli said. 

The central government, he said would soon begin exploration works in the region.“If oil and gas is available within the country we can control its prices,” Teli the Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas said.

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