New Delhi Cairn India has agreed to double the compensation to the farmers and landowners resisting construction of its pipeline project in Rajasthan and Gujarat. The proposed pipeline will connect its Rajasthan oilfield to the crude oil shipping facility at Bhogat in coastal Gujarat.

The company now produces one fifth of India's crude oil output. It has agreed for higher right of user payment — more than double the rate applicable in the Jamnagar district — after discussions with the local authorities and policymakers, said a source privy to the development.