Reliance Gas pipeline permit axed: Govt
"Orders cancelling authorisation issued to Reliance Gas Transportation Infrastructure Ltd (RGTIL) for laying of four pipelines from Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh to Howrah in West Bengal, Chennai and Tuticorin in Tamil Nadu and Mangalore in Karnataka were issued last week," a source said.
However, the letter cancelling the permit could not be served on RGTIL in the first instance because of incorrect/incomplete address and a new letter was sent.
RGTIL, whose bank guarantees totalling Rs 80 crore that were pledged as collateral for executing the pipelines, expired last year and the Ministry has asked the firm to furnish fresh securities of the like amount which the government will forfeit for failure to lay the pipeline, he said.
The Ministry refused to buy RGTIL's argument that the government has already allocated all of the projected mmscmd of gas output from the KG-D6 fields to customers in Andhra Pradesh, Maharasthra and other northern states, leaving no gas for transportation through its proposed pipelines from Kakinada to Howrah, Chennai, Tuticorin and Mangalore.
Sources said the ministry, which had in 2007 made it a condition that RGTIL cite a source of gas before it is given license or authorisation to lay the pipelines, has not agreed with the the company's assertion that in absence of any gas allocation the pipelines will be infructuous investment.
The Ministry also rejected
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