GAIL pipeline: Advocate Commissioner recommends for more compensation
Kochi: The Advocate Commissioner suggested in its report that the safety standards should be strictly followed while laying the GAIL pipelines.
Since the pipeline passes through highly populated areas in many places, the commissioner has recommended a safety standard check up by technical experts, to ensure the safety of the public.
The report also pointed out that the compensation fixed for the natives was insufficient, which should be increased properly. It also says that an alternative route to lay the pipes in the coastal region can be considered even in this phase of the project. The court will consider the report later.
The Advocate Commissioner has submitted the report on the writ petitions filed by V. T. Pradeep Kumar on behalf of Harithasena Samagra Karshika Grama Vikasana Samiti, and the shop owners and residents in the area where the pipeline passes. The inspection took place in the areas where the petitioners noted to be unsafe.
Other factors in the report
- Many places which were included in the 3rd category by GAIL as low population density areas are highly populated areas. These places should be listed in the 4th category.
- Technical experts should check the quality of the pipes. The pipes brought for the purpose have rusted.
- Valve station in some places are at a distance of 23 km. As per safety standards, valve stations in inhabited areas should be at a distance of 8-16 km.
- The alignment in some places have been fixed without keeping the recommended distance from residential area.
- The alignment first fixed through paddy fields was later changed to residential area, without any logical explanation.