Amidst the Uttar Pradesh elections campaign, an image of a huge gas pipeline is getting viral on social media with a claim that it's the World's longest LPG pipeline coming in Gorakhpur, which will be completed by 2023. This comes after BJP announced Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath as its candidate from Gorakhpur.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had laid the foundation of the Kandla- Gorakhpur LPG pipeline (KGPL) massive project on February 24 2019, in Gorakhpur. The KGPL project will connect Kandla port in Gujarat to the city of Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh via Madhya Pradesh.
In the viral image, a picture of the huge pipeline is there with a graphic text that reads, "World's longest LPG Pipeline coming up in U.P's Gorakhpur, to be commissioned by 2023; The Khandala Gorakhpur pipeline is being built at a cost of ₹10,000 crores; The 2757 km long pipeline will supply gas to 34 crore households; A game-changing project that will usher in the LPG revolution in India.
'Modi Once More' Facebook page with around 4 Lakh followers shared this image.
Many users on social media are seen sharing this image with a caption, " It will ensure uninterrupted and continuous supply with no need to book cylinders periodically."
Many people shared this image on Twitter and Facebook highlighting the features of the Kandla- Gorakhpur LPG pipeline project.
The Free Press Journal also used the same image in their news report regarding the Kandla- Gorakhpur LPG pipeline project dated March 25, 2021.
The viral image shows the World's longest pipeline project in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh.
The Logical Indian Fact Check team verified the claim and found it to be false. The viral image is actually taken in Germany in 2010.
During our initial investigation, we ran a google reverse image search and found that many websites used this image for their articles. Some of them dated back to 2015. It is to be noted that PM Modi laid the foundation of the Kandla- Gorakhpur LPG pipeline project in February 2019 while the image going viral is already present on the Internet before 2019. This means that this picture is not of the Kandla-Gorakhpur LPG pipeline project as claimed on social media.
On searching more, we found the viral image in The New York Times report dated April 08 2010. The report's title reads in English, "Construction of Continuous Nord Stream Gas Line To Begin." The caption of the image reads, "Cranes lower a section of pipe into the ground near Lubmin, Germany." The image Credit was given to Sean Gallup/Getty Images. According to the report, the pipeline was constructed for supplying natural gas from Russia to Western Europe. Its first phase was completed in 2011 and it help Russia to extract natural gas directly under the Baltic Sea to Germany. The report also states that this project will help in culminating a long Russian-German effort to build stronger economic ties.
We also searched for the viral image on Getty Images, a stock image website, and found it was uploaded on April 08 2010. The photo was taken by Sean Gallup in Lumbmin, Germany. The caption of the image reads in English, "OPAL Pipeline To Connect To Baltic Sea LUBMIN, GERMANY - APRIL 08: A worker shouts commands as cranes lower a section of pipe into the ground for the OPAL pipeline on April 08, 2010 near Lubmin, Germany. The OPAL and NEL pipelines will carry natural gas from Russia arriving through the Nord Stream pipeline from the Baltic Sea across Germany and to other countries in Europe. The Nord Stream project delivers Russian natural gas directly to western Europe and avoids countries in between, such as Poland and Ukraine."
It is evident from our investigation that the viral image which is being claimed of the Kandla- Gorakhpur LPG pipeline project is actually of the OPAL line project, which was constructed for supplying natural gas from Russia to Western Europe. The image was taken in 2010 in Lumbmin, Germany. Hence, the viral claim is false.
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