Residents of the holy city are still waiting for liquid petroleum gas (LPG) to be supplied to their houses through pipelines even as the Union ministry of petroleum and natural gas has made all arrangements for the work to start.
Reason: The municipal corporation has not issued the no-objection certificate (NOC) to the executing firm as yet.
Sources said 100-km-long pipeline is proposed to be laid across the city at a cost of Rs 500 crore under this mega project. It is expected to supply the cooking gas to 2.5-lakh residents. Apart from this, 10 stations of compressed natural gas (CNG) will also be set up in the city to supply clean fuel for vehicles, which will help reduce air pollution.
The ministry has contracted out the project to Gujarat State Petromate Limited (GSPL). In the first phase, a pipeline will be laid over 1 km, for which material including pipes has been procured. It is lying near Guru Ramdas Institute of Medical Research at Vallah locality and in Sultanwind road area.
However, the work is yet to start as GSPL is awaiting the civic body’s nod. The MC has reportedly asked the firm to fulfil various terms and condition and deposit requisite amount before issuing the NOC.
“We have deposited the requisite amount and the survey report to the MC, but haven’t received the NOC for the first phase of work,” said a GSPL official, on the condition of anonymity.
Sources said the company has deposited `85 lakh to the exchequer of the civic body for laying pipes on the 1-km stretch.
Confirming the development, municipal commissioner Sonali Giri said, “The matter is under consideration. GSPL has been asked to submit the ground-penetrating radar (GPR) survey of the road utilities as well.” Giri had recently attended a meeting on the issue conducted by the ministry at New Delhi.
Mayor Bakshi Ram Arora said as the issue has not been taken up by the MC House, he can’t comment on it.
The Union ministry has planned to execute the same project in Jalandhar and Ludhiana as well, but it is yet to take shape there.