Paving the way for setting up of compressed natural gas (CNG) stations in Ludhiana,Jalandhar and Amritsar,the Union Ministry of Petroleum on Wednesday apprised the Punjab and Haryana High Court that no prior authorisation is required from the Petroleum Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNRB) for setting up CNG stations.
A dispute had arose over setting up CNG stations after PNRB had insisted that its prior authorisation is required. The high court,on a previous hearing,had sought response from Petroleum Ministry over the issue. Clarifying,the Ministry on Wednesday made it clear that no such permission is required. This would mean clearing of roadblock in setting up CNG stations in these three cities.
In July,the high court had observed that due to he use of diesel and petrol,pollution is increasing in the country. It will be beneficial for the environment if permission is granted to run vehicles on CNG. This matter is pending for the last five years, the court had said while directing all stakeholders to hold a meeting to solve the dispute.
The Central government,on a previous hearing,had told the court that Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL) had already laid down the main pipeline for a project from Bhawana (Haryana) to Nangal (Punjab) and as soon as the Punjab government signed the MoU and gave its gas requirement,the pipeline will be laid and connections issued by GAIL. The main pipeline is to be extended to Amritsar.