Gujarat getting adequate gas from Centre: Singh

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    Refuting claims that Gujarat was not being provided adequate quantity of gas, Union Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas R P N Singh today said that state was allocated about 30 to 40 per cent of the total gas supplied by the Centre over the last couple of years.

    "A misleading ad campaign is being aired on local vernacular news channels showing Gujarat was not getting gas from Centre, but I want to clarify that of the 162.10 mmscmd (million metric standard cubic metre per day) gas supplied across India in 2010-11, the state's allocation was 63.25 mmscmd, or 40 per cent.

    "While in 2011/12, it was allocated 51.30 mmscmd out of total allocation of 153.53 mmscmd across India, which was about 33 per cent," he said.

    Industrial development in Gujarat has been possible due to Centre's encouragement, especially on the oil and gas front, Singh said adding Centre has always allocated maximum gas to the state for its prosperity.

    On a visit to Gujarat to review the performance of oil marketing PSUs, Singh announced that GAIL would invest Rs 1,400 crore over the next few years in the state on expansion while a new gas cylinder bottling plant would be set up in Kandla.

    Singh also assured fast-paced implementation of Rajiv Gandhi LPG yojana in Gujarat so that gas cylinders could reach faster to the rural populace.

    According to Singh, gas allocated on Administered Price Mechanism (APM) and market determined prices (cheaper as compared to directly imported gas) by the Centre was highest to Gujarat as compared to states like Maharashtra and Delhi.

    State Congress leaders have, however, alleged that gas allocated by the Centre was being diverted to big industrial houses.

    They have also charged that gas was expensive here due to higher VAT levy and Gujarat government mixing costlier directly imported gas with the gas availed at lower rates from the Centre.

    The visit of Union Minister to Gujarat today assumed significance amid allegations and counter-allegations by ruling and opposition parties here about gas allocation to the election-bound state.

    Gujarat getting adequate gas from Centre: Singh | Business Standard
     
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    Allot CNG to Ahmedabad at Delhi price: HC to Centre - Indian Express

    To “enforce” the state’s “right to equality”, the Gujarat High Court on Wednesday ordered the Centre to allot natural gas, including CNG, for domestic and vehicular usage to Ahmedabad at the same rate at which it is supplied to Delhi and Mumbai.

    Also, to bring down the pollution level, the HC directed the state government to pass necessary orders compelling owners of all the vehicles registered in Gujarat to use natural gas within a year.

    The court further directed the state to take stringent steps within a month to check vehicular emissions match the international standards till the order of compulsory use of natural gas is complied with.

    A division bench of Chief Justice Bhaskar Bhattacharya and Justice J B Pardiwala passed the order while acting on a set of public interest litigations (PILs) moved by Dhrangadhra Prakruti Mandal (DPL) and Gujarat Rajya Autorickshaw Federation.

    In its petition, DPL argued that majority share of Gujarat’s natural gas is used for industrial purpose and very little is left for domestic and vehicular usage. It further said that Delhi and Mumbai get Low Priced Domestic Gas that caters to around 90 per cent of their domestic and vehicular usage.

    However, due to non-allocation of the same to Gujarat, inadequate gas supply to City Gas Distribution (CGD) consequently leads to increase of financial burden on the people of the state as it is forced to use almost 100 per cent imported RLNG for CNG and domestic purpose. And this, it added, leads to price rise of around 30-40 per cent.

    It also contended that such higher rates lead people to use fuel like petrol and diesel, which are comparatively causing more air pollution. According to the petitioner, the allocation, diversification and price fixation of the natural gas is under the absolute control and powers of the central government.

    Allowing the petition, the court directed the Centre not to discriminate between CGDs promoted by central PSUs and others, and Gujarat-based CGDs.

    Regarding its order on the compulsory use of natural gas, the court gave the state government liberty to impose additional tax on the sale of natural gas to private vehicle owners to make the gas cheaper for the public vehicle owners.
     
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    Now what should I say about this. Every Gujarati newspaper has reported this news with a lengthy article and when HC ruled that center must give Gujarat gas at the same price of Delhi and Mumbai and all newspapers reported it with a small column same as PTI reported without editing and now they have used a lot of bad words about Modi. This is pure bias....
     
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    Don't be surprised if Goi claims that Gujarat has been allotted enough of rain fall too.
     

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