Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Justice Vilas V Afzulpurkar of the Hyderabad High Court on Wednesday stayed the tender notification issued by the Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board to lay a 525 kilometre-long pipeline from Kakinada to Nellore to supply gas.
AP Gas Distribution Corporation Ltd., has challenged the notification. It was averred that AP Gas Distribution Company, a joint venture of the State of Andhra Pradesh and GAIL already got clearance to lay the pipeline from Kakinada to Srikakulam and also proposed to lay another from Vijayawada to Nellore. They told the court that the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh has wrote several letters to PNGRB saying that the new pipeline would not only be a waste of money but also it would take a lot of time to get clearances and right of the way through paddy fields. The court ordered the respondents to file counter affidavits.