The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved viability gap funding of Rs.5,176 crore, which works out to 40 per cent of the estimated capital cost of Rs.12,940 crore, to GAIL for the development of the 2,539-km- long Jagdishpur-Haldia and Bokaro-Dhamra Gas Pipeline (JHBDPL) project. The pipeline will also supply gas to the defunct fertiliser units in Gorakhpur, Sindri and Barauni which the government is looking to revive. These units are to serve as the anchor customer for the pipeline. These three fertilizer units are to be revived through a special purpose vehicle of National Thermal Power Corporation, Coal India, Indian Oil Corporation and Fertilizer Corporation of India. The CCEA also approved the simultaneous development of city gas distribution networks in Varanasi, Patna, Ranchi, Jamshedpur, Bhubaneswar, Kolkata, and Cuttack along the route of the JHBDPL project.