Daman and Dadra thirsty for gas

Vol 16, PW 10 (29 Nov 12) News in Brief

Alcohol is strictly prohibited in Gujarat but gas flows freely through its state-wide grid.

In the neighbouring federally governed areas or union territories of ‘Daman’ and ‘Dadra & Nagar Haveli’, lying between south Gujarat and Maharashtra, you can drink as much as you like but gas is scarce. BS Bhalla, a government official in charge of the two territories, wrote to the oil ministry in October asking for the Gujarat gas grid to be extended from south Gujarat into Daman and Dadra.

GSPC Gas must also apply to the Petroleum & Natural Gas Regulatory Board to extend its gas pipeline network into the former Portuguese colonies, which hold nearly 7000 factories. “Vapi (a town in Gujarat) is just 14-km from us,” says a factory owner in Dadra.

“They’ve been getting gas since 2007. We must get gas too.

” Only four factories in Dadra are receiving gas from GAIL. Daman covers 112-sq km and has a population of 250,000 while 487-sq km Dadra holds 350,000 people.