Ahmedabad to get natural gas at same rates as Delhi,Mumbai

Centre will be supplying natural gas to city gas distribution (CGD) players with revised rates.

Written by Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published:November 19, 2013 7:16 am

The Petroleum Planning and Analysis Cell (PPAC) of the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas,New Delhi,filed an affidavit in the Gujarat High Court on Monday for allocating natural gas (Compressed Natural Gas and Piped Natural Gas) for domestic and vehicular use under Administered Price Mechanism. It means that consumers in the city will get natural gas at rates same as those living in Delhi and Mumbai.

The centre will be supplying natural gas to city gas distribution (CGD) players with revised rates,under APM,soon. This would significantly reduce the rates of natural gas for domestic as well as vehicular purposes.

Central government officials have also issued guidelines in this regard,stating “to allot natural gas for domestic and vehicular usage to Ahmedabad at the same rate as Delhi and Mumbai to enforce the right of equality.”

“The proportion of supply of domestic gas with respect to consumption in CNG and PNG segments,will be kept uniform for all CGD entities. To start with,actual consumption figures of CNG and PNG segments of CGD entities for 2012-13 would be taken as the base figure for determining the entity-wise supply of gas for CNG and PNG…”

According to the guidelines,the ministry has employed GAIL,a public sector undertaking,to supply domestic gas to CGD entities for CNG and PNG at uniform base price from November 30. However,it states that the delivered price of gas to individual entities may vary due to transpiration and taxes.

Dhrangdhra Prakruti Mandal,an NGO and Gujarat Rajya Autorickshaw Federation,had filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the Gujarat High Court for providing natural gas to Gujarat at the same price as it is in Delhi and Mumbai by the Central government.

The court had ordered in favour of litigants and directed the union government to allocate gas at APM. The Centre had moved Supreme Court which upheld Gujarat High Court’s order.

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