CII Seeks Clarity & Consistency In Draft Gas Pipeline Policy

New Delhi, Nov 6: | Updated: Nov 7 2003, 05:30am hrs
In the draft gas pipeline policy, the terms for non-discriminatory, common carrier, captive pipelines, third parties and level playing field needed to be defined, according to the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). In a statement, CII had said that it hoped there would be no discrimination or misunderstanding on the definition of natural gas, which included associated gas, LNG, CNG and CBM.

CII has called for minimal involvement of the government in the regulatory board, which also needs to be financially independent through a levy on the industry or collections through license fees. The statement said the regulatory agency needed to have international experience, accountability and expertise on technology, economics, law and accounting.

The proposed policy, transmission business should be separated from marketing, if only one national entity was being proposed in both the businesses, in order to prevent entry barriers, the statement said. It said that a regime of multiple operators of pipelines must be encouraged.