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On Tuesday, through video conferencing, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the natural gas pipeline from Kerala’s Kochi to Mangaluru in Karnataka and said the project would have a positive impact on economic growth in the two southern states.

For India, this is a significant day, especially for the people of Kerala and Karnataka. A natural gas pipeline is connecting these two states,” PM Modi said. He added that the pipeline will make it easier for lakhs of people in both states to live and also give the tourism sector a boost.

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In a statement, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said the 450km long pipeline built by GAIL (India) Ltd marks a significant milestone in the creation of the “One Nation One The Rs 3,000 project, which will carry gas from the Regasification Terminal of Kochi Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) to Mangaluru through the districts of Ernakulam, Thrissur, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Kannur, and Kasaragod, has a transport capacity of 12 million metric cubic metres per day, the statement added.

Over 1.2 million man-days of work were generated during the construction of the pipeline, Modi’s office said. The pipeline will provide environmentally friendly and affordable fuel in the form of piped natural gas (PNG) to households and the compressed natural (CNG) transport industry (CNG). It will also supply natural gas across the districts along the pipeline to commercial and industrial units, PMO said. Cleaner fuel consumption will help to improve air quality by curbing air pollution.

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