Banerjee complains to ministry about ONGC pipeline

Vol 6, PW 24 (12 Feb 03) News in Brief

GAIL chairman Proshanto Banerjee has written to Shastri Bhawan seeking clarifications over a news report that ONGC is planning a 345-km pipeline to transport Tripura gas to West Bengal through Bangladesh.

Banerjee wants Shastri Bhawan to tell ONGC to back off so that GAIL can lay the pipeline itself. This would be a logical extension of the transportation services we are currently extending to ONGC on a country-wide basis," he says.

Moreover, "construction, operation and maintenance of gas transportation systems are key core competence areas of GAIL." However, Shastri Bhawan checked with ONGC and found that it has no such plans. "The GAIL chairman's apprehensions are baseless," says an internal note.