Bangalore, March 13: The Gas Authority of India Ltd (GAIL) is funding the construction of a high-tech library at Chikkaballapur, the Lok Sabha constituency of Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister M. Veerappa Moily since 2009.
The largest state-owned natural gas processing and distribution company Wednesday gifted Rs.1.5 crore (Rs.15 million) as part of its corporate social responsibility initiative at the ground-breaking ceremony of the library building, 60 km from here, in the presence of Moily.
GAIL chairman and managing director B.C. Tripathi presented a cheque of Rs.1.5 crore to Chikkaballapur Deputy Commissioner Manjula. Also present were Union Minister of State for Micro, Small and Medium Industries K.H. Muniyappa and other dignitaries.
The new sprawling building will have a computer room, a separate section for senior citizens, newspaper, periodical sections on ground floor, reading and meeting halls on first floor and a mini-auditorium on second floor of the library.
Interestingly, the historic district library building in Chikkaballapur was unveiled by India’s first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru July 17, 1962. Its foundation stone was laid by Karnataka’s famous engineer Sir M Visvesvarayya on July 12, 1945.
GAIL’S 1,000-km pipeline passes through Dharwad, Gadag, Bellary, Devanagere, Chitradurga, Tumkur, Ramanagaram, Bangalore Rural and Bengaluru Urban from north-west coast.