India not pursuing Asian gas grid project: minister

March 13th, 2008 - 10:23 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, March 13 (IANS) The $22 billion (Rs.880 billion) Asian gas grid project envisaged by Mani Shankar Aiyar as petroleum minister in 2005 seems to be dead with the central government saying Thursday that there is no such proposal before it. “Even though India is interested in importing gas from Iran and Turkmenistan through transnational pipelines, it is not pursuing any proposal for an Asian gas grid linking the region’s natural gas producers and consuming countries,” Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dinsha Patel told Lok Sabha in a written reply.

“There is no concrete proposal pertaining to the Asian gas grid before the government at present,” he said.

“The project envisaged setting up a series of transnational gas pipelines with a total length of 22,000 km,” the minister added.

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