Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL) has laid a dedicated natural gas pipeline to HPCL (Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited) Mittal Energy Limited’s (HMEL) Bathinda refinery in Punjab in a bid to increase the availability and consumption of natural gas in India. The dedicated pipeline, which will supply 1 million standard cubic metres per day of gas to HMEL, has been laid at a cost of Rs 1.42 billion. The 44.26 km pipeline with a 12-inch diameter is a spur line of the 500 km Dadri-Bawana-Nangal Pipeline. The natural gas supply tap off is taken from GAIL receiving terminal at National Fertilisers Limited, Bathinda. It will have an aggregate capacity of 5 million cubic metres per day.