Centre`s gas allocation policy unfavourable to small units
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Last Updated: Monday, March 22, 2010, 22:49
Gandhinagar: The Gujarat government on Monday alleged the Centre's gas allocation policy for D6 KG basin gas is faulty and is meant to promote big industries at the cost of smaller units which are deprived of fuel at reasonable prices.

In reply to a question asked by BJP MLA Devusinh Chauhan, the state government stated in the Assembly that the empowered group of ministers made allocation of 61.6 million standard cubic metre (MSCM) gas on October 27, 2009 on regular basis and 30 MSCM on irregular basis to various sectors.

"The Centre has allocated gas to the power sector, fertiliser, steel industry, refinery and petrochemicals. But our demand for allocation of gas for the small and medium enterprises has still not been met," Minister of State for Energy Saurabh Patel said in the house, while replying to the question.

Patel held that the centre's allocation policy is faulty and depriving the small units from getting the fuel at reasonable rate.

"We have laid the gas grid network in the state and Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation (GSPC) and Gujarat State Petronet Ltd (GSPL) supply gas for domestic purpose, industries and for vehicle use," he said, adding that if the KG basin gas is made available to the state, it will reduce the burden of importing gas from the international market.

Patel said that the Chief Minister and the state government have made representation seeking gas from the centre to the Prime Minister, petroleum ministry and other agencies but so far the centre has not taken any decision regarding allocation of the fuel to the SMEs in Gujarat.


First Published: Monday, March 22, 2010, 22:49

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