THE GREEN Gas Ltd (GGL), a joint venture of Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) and the Gail (India) Ltd is struggling to acquire permission from the State Public Works Department (PWD) to lay gas pipelines along the national highways passing through the city.
Incidentally, the Public Works Department has been authorised by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) to maintain a section of its road network falling within the city limits.
The GGL is to lay a 33 kms pipeline to supply both Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and Piped Natural Gas (PNG) under its Rs 172 crore “City Gas” project to transport and domestic sector consumers.
“We have acquired all clearance from NHAI to lay pipelines along its highway network passing through the city. Since, the PWD has been maintaining a section of the national highways, it is refusing to grant permission to start work of laying pipelines along the highways,” R K Sharma, Director (Commercial), GGL told Hindustan Times.
Technically speaking, the GGL needed permission for laying pipelines along the national highways maintained by the State PWD which was done on June 6, 2006. The PWD officials should not be sitting on crucial files as the roads were anyway owned by the NHAI, he said.
He said the GGL was not encountering any problems while laying the pipelines on a 1.3 kms stretch of the national highway between its Mother Station in Amausi area and ‘VIP Turning’ at the Amausi airport, which is maintained by the NHAI.
“It is the 11.38 kms stretch of NH-25 from the “VIP Turning” to Hazratganj Crossing maintained by the PWD and another 1.3 kms stretch of NH-28 between Hazratganj Crossing and Hindustan Times House Crossing where the PWD officials are refusing to grant permission for laying pipelines”, Sharma said.
The fallout of all this would be that the GGL would not be able to establish more number of CNG filling stations as well as supplying PNG to the households during the coming months, he added.