16.5 , Friday
Today was our first visit in the field in the plant and the place to start that is the Gas Terminal(GT). It is the place where the two 36" & 42" pipelines from Bombay High travel 200km in sea and 40 km in Tapti river and reach the plant. I had no idea that the amount of gas it processes (roughly45MMSCMD) is distributed to so many industries. Companies like IOCL, Reliance, KRIBHCO, BPCL, Essar, Gail ,GGCL, GSPC which are in the vicinity are all dependent on it.(This is a dream place if you are looking for a chemical or even some other industries). Rest of the gas is sent to the famous HBJ pipeline. Mr. Verma in the Control Room in the GT was the most helpful person you can come across. He did not leave even a single doubt in our minds while providing the overview of the plant, with the field trip of the GT where we actually saw how the gas comes in and how it is distributed. Though we had to travel at least 4-4.5 km to see all of that !
We realized only in the evening that the Tapti River is only 100-150m from the place where we are staying. So, we decided to go to the ONGC bridge. It is just a usual bridge built on the river long time ago. But in the evening, it is the most happening place around. The weather in the evening is always great here and even more so at the bridge, with wind blowing at speed which is many times that of our famous wind-t. The bridge is always shaking with hundreds of trucks crossing the bridge during the whole day.
It is almost a couples only zone, except for the families which treat the bridge as picnic spot...!!! People park their cars or bikes right on the bridge and enjoy the view for hours without even bothering to turn on the parking lights of their cars. I am amazed that no accidents happen even after this carelessness. Another thing that people told me before coming here , but I had to see it for myself was ,that people in large groups bring their own food in the cars, spread a sheet on the footpath on the bridge and start enjoying their picnic..!! I do not think that happens anywhere else... But I could see why so many people came there. Even I liked the place too much. Nothing beats the refreshing air and the moonlit river....