Kashmir anger at GSPL over pipeline delay

Vol 19, PW 6 (19 Nov 15) People & Policy
     

Jammu and Kashmir minister of consumer affairs Choudhry Zulfikar Ali has summoned GSPC managing director Atanu Chakraborty to Srinagar on November 19 to complain about unfinished work on a proposed pipeline from Bhatinda to Srinagar by GSPL India Gasnet (GIGL), of which Chakraborty is also chairman.

“I’ve asked for a complete presentation and detailed project report,” Ali tells PETROWATCH from Srinagar. “They should take this pipeline project seriously.

From our side we have given them all possible assistance and clearances. But the pipeline is nowhere to be seen.

” Clearly irritated, Ali says GIGL should be honest and say if it is still interested in setting up the 24-inch diameter 750-km gas pipeline that passes through Jammu. If it isn't, he adds, J&K will ask the PNGRB to award the job to another company.

Ali, whose department is the ‘nodal agency’ appointed by the J&K government to oversee the pipeline and sign a MoU, had earlier lashed out at GIGL officers at a meeting on November 10 to review pipeline progress. “J&K badly need gas,” Ali says.

“What answer do I give the people of my state? They’re asking me when the gas pipeline will finally be ready?” Ali claims his government has ensured GIGL gets all the necessary environment, wildlife, revenue and legal clearances. Under the terms of its PNGRB licence, the pipeline was scheduled to be completed by July 6, 2014.

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