GREEN GAS Ltd (GGL) has warned the State Public Works Department (PWD) (National Highways Division) that it would start laying pipelines along national highways passing through the city from November 1 if it failed to offer permission to do so by October 31 this year.
“In compliance with the Supreme Court orders on implementation of the “City Gas Project, GGL would not wait beyond October 31 to start laying gas pipelines along NH-25 (Amausi Airport to Hazratganj) and NH-28 (Hazratganj Square to Sikandar Bagh),” GGL Managing Director J K Singh Teotia told HT Lucknow Live.
“Whenever GGL had attempted to know from PWD-NH regarding the status on grant of permission, we were informed that a policy is under formulation and accordingly the permission would be granted. We approached the PWD-NH on June 2, 2006 for the permission to lay the pipelines in the city and kept reminding them frequently but to no avail”, Teotia said.
It clearly implies that PWD-NH is deliberately stopping GGL from executing the City Gas Project in the city. As a result, the project is being held up by the State Government leading to non-compliance of commitments made for making CNG available within a time-bound programme.
GGL started implementing the City Gas project on receiving instructions from the Union Government to comply with the Supreme Court orders whose progress is being monitored and reviewed by concerned authorities in the State Government, he said.
Teotia said GGL is losing Rs 5 lakh per day due to stoppage of pipeline laying work by the State Government agencies. “Our skilled manpower is sitting idle. The company had made financial commitments worth Rs 57 crore for the City Gas project in Lucknow wherein sales of 10,000 kgs of the gas is already being achieved through CNG Stations already functional in the city”, he said.
He said that letters had been dispatched to the Chief Engineer (PWD-NH), Chief Secretary , Govt of UP, Dr Bhure Lal, Chairman, EPCA, New Delhi, Secretary, Union Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas, New Delhi, Industrial Development Commissioner (IDC), Govt of UP, District Magistrate , Lucknow, Principal Secretary PWD, Govt of UP, Principal Secretary (Environment), Govt of UP, Chairman, Gail, Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) and GGL informing about the company’s decision to start laying pipelines along national highways in the absence of the PWD-NH) permission from November 1 this year.
If the local authorities continue to cause hindrances in the implementation of the City Gas project, it may not be possible for GGL to continue incurring substantial financial losses with no other option but to shut down operations in the city. The move would affect 14,000 vehicles in the city which have already switched to the CNG mode, Teotia added.