The state government and the Airports Authority of India (AAI) have jointly decided to take the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) on board to work out a solution to reroute or cover its gas pipeline in a time bound manner. The buried sour gas pipeline of ONGC passing from Surat airport is proving a major deterrent in the proposed extension of runway from 2,905 metre to 3,810 metre.
The decision in this regard was taken at a meeting held between AAI chairman Guruprasad Mohapatra and chief secretary of Gujarat JN Singh on February 23 in Gandhinagar. The copy of minutes of meeting (MOM) is with TOI.
It must be noted that ONGC had invited expression of interest (EoI) for safe operation of the buried pipelines six months ago, but things are moving at a snail’s pace. There are two 36 inch and 42 inch diameter South Bassein Hazira Trunk (SBHT) pipelines passing through the airport. Read More