Delhi government to move SC for restoring CNG quota to reduce price

Written by PTI | New Delhi | Updated: Jan 30 2014, 18:14pm hrs
CNG Delhi Government has a five per cent stake in IGL. Reuters
In a bid to reduce price of CNG, the Delhi government today decided to approach the Supreme Court to challenge Centre's cut in allocation of cheaper domestic natural gas to the national capital following an order by the Gujarat High Court.

Following a Gujarat High Court order, the Centre had ordered all of domestically available natural gas for city gas projects to be equitably distributed among all the companies in the country than convert the fuel into compressed natural gas (CNG) for sale to automobiles.

Prior to this, cheaper domestic gas was largely available to firms retailing CNG in Delhi and Mumbai.

"We want restoration of Delhi's quota of CNG allocation under the administered price mechanism which was reduced by the Centre to implement the Gujarat High Court," a Delhi Government official said.

He said talks are on with the Indraprastha Gas Limited to find a way out to cut prices of CNG that fuels public transport on Delhi roads.

The CNG prices were hiked by a steep Rs 4.50 per kg on December 26, two days before Arvind Kejriwal assumed power. The move was questioned by Kejriwal and he had promised to examine ways to cut the rates.

After hike in CNG prices, Indraprastha Gas Ltd, which supplies CNG in Delhi, had said rate increase was forced by court orders that led to cut in allocation of cheaper domestic natural gas to it. Delhi Government has a five per cent stake in IGL.

IGL had said its APM (cheaper domestic) gas allocation was reduced from 23,42,000 cubic meters per day to 22,28,000 cubic meters a day.

The official said Delhi Government feels the Centre has failed to ensure adequate supply of CNG for Delhi transport sector claiming it was a sort of a contempt of the Supreme Court's 2002 judgement.

"The state government will file a special leave petition in the Supreme Court appealing that Delhi's share of CNG supply should be fixed like Mumbai and Ahmedabad," the official said.