Haryana Gas under pressure over Rohtak claim

Vol 19, PW 16 (21 Apr 16) Midstream & Downstream

Haryana City Gas is under pressure to prove its claim to Rohtak in Haryana so the PNGRB can either open bids from four companies that bid for the city on January 15 or remove it from the list of 34 areas offered.

At a meeting on April 12, the PNGRB flatly refused a Haryana Gas request to submit outstanding paperwork to prove its claim to Rohtak by an extended deadline of May 2. Instead the PNGRB demanded the paperwork be submitted 'in the required format' by April 21.

"Ten days is more than enough," asserts a PNGRB source. "They have all the documents.

All they need to do is submit these documents to us." A source at Haryana Gas adds: "We have already submitted the relevant papers relating to authorisations and investments made. Now only a few clarifications are left." With a population of around 300,000 people, Rohtak is fast becoming a test case of how to deal with companies that claim gas retail rights from local state governments before the PNGRB was set up on October 1, 2007.

In an interim order on March 18, the court also restrained the PNGRB from opening of financial bids at least till April 7, leaving four companies that bid for Rohtak on January 15 worried over the outcome: BPCL, Gujarat State Petronet, IndianOil and Adani Gas, and a Mahesh Gas-led consortium.