Haryana Gas battles PNGRB for Rohtak licence

Vol 19, PW 13 (10 Mar 16) People & Policy
     

Haryana City Gas is fighting a legal battle against the PNGRB that could derail the award of Rohtak district in Haryana under the sixth retail gas licencing round, with a court hearing planned for March 18 at the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Haryana Gas claims it received authorisation for Rohtak from the state government much before the PNGRB was set up so the PNGRB had no right to include Rohtak in a list of 34 cities under the licencing round launched in October 2015. "How can the PNGRB offer Rohtak for bidding when we're already there?" questions a Haryana Gas source.

"We asked the PNGRB to remove Rohtak from the list and sent many reminders." According to Haryana Gas, its Rohtak city gas network was authorised by the state government before the PNGRB was set up on October 1, 2007. This puts it in a similar situation to other retail gas players like Adani Gas, Charotar Gas and GSPC Gas.

But in a February 29 order the PNGRB rejected all claims by Haryana Gas and accused it of failing to submit relevant documents in the correct format within the required timeframe. "Gas falls within the central government's domain and any authorisation by a state government does not hold," says the order.

"Any activity to lay, build, operate or expand a CGD network by Haryana Gas in Rohtak is unlawful."

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