GAIL India, the nation's biggest gas transporter, today said it has awarded Rs 550 crore worth of contracts for laying part of 'Urga Ganga' gas pipeline from Phulpur in Uttar Pradesh to Haldia in West Bengal. Pipe contracts have been awarded to four companies for a 341 km stretch, GAIL said in a statement. "The Line Pipes for which the orders have been placed will be used in the Phulpur (Uttar Pradesh) - Dobhi (Bihar) section of the pipeline," it said. Orders for the pipes have been placed on Jindal Saw, MAN Industries (India), Essar Steel India and China's Zhongyou BSS (Qinhuangdao) Petropipe Co Ltd. The 1,681 km Phulpur\u2013Haldia\/Dhamra pipeline will be completed in three phases at a cost of Rs 12,000 crore and cover eastern Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha and West Bengal. The first phase at a project cost of Rs 3,200 crore will cover 755 km and include Phulpur-Mani, Mani-Gorakhpur, Mani-Varanasi, Mani-Dobhi, Dobhi-Silao, Silao-Patna and Silao- Barauni sections. Pipeline laying works for spurlines from Gaya-Barauni\u2013 Patna in Bihar are already in progress. Subsequent phases of the 16 million standard cubic meters per day pipeline will cover major cities including Gorakhpur, Varanasi, Patna, Barauni, Bokaro, Ranchi, Rourkela, Paradip, Bhubaneshwar, Cuttack, Durgapur, Kolkata, Jamshedpur and nearby areas through 30-inch\/24-inch mainline and spurlines.