CGD court notice

Vol 14, PW 22 (05 May 11) News in Brief

Gujarat’s ruling BJP has long complained about the supposedly unfair treatment meted out to the state by the Congress Party which runs India’s federal government from Delhi, even in the allocation of scarce gas supplies.

Now, PETROWATCH learns a little-known ‘voluntary organisation’ Dhrangadhra Prakruti Mandal has filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the Gujarat High Court demanding to know why Gujarat gets only 500,000 cm/d of relatively inexpensive domestic gas when Delhi gets over 2.5m cm/d and Mumbai gets 2m cm/d. On (Monday) May 2, the court issued ‘show cause’ notices to the federal government but also to the Gujarat government and seven Gujarat retail gas players named as ‘party respondents’ in the PIL asking for an explanation: GAIL, Gujarat Gas, GSPC Gas, Adani Gas, Sabarmati Gas, Charotar Gas and HPCL.

Chief justice SJ Mukhopadhyay and Justice JB Pardiwala have scheduled the first hearing of the case on July 6.