SC directs Centre to supply CNG to 2 private firms

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New Delhi, Apr 4 (UNI) In a bid to break the monopoly of the state in the field of the supply of CNG, the Supreme Court today directed the Central government to supply CNG to two private companies who have been permitted by the Haryana government to lay down pipelines for the supply of the gas in Gurgaon and Faridabad.

A bench comprising Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan and Justices Arijit Pasayat and S H Kapadia issued the directions that IGL, a company formed by the Gas Authority of India Limited and ONGC for supply of CNG in Haryana, UP and other states would supply the gas to the two companies which have already made huge investments.

Today's directions were issued by the apex court despite strong opposition from the Central government which contended before the court that the UP and Haryana governments have violated the law by awarding contract to private players for supply of the cooking gas without prior permission from the Centre.

The IGL has been alloted 0.7 million units of CNG for covering the areas of UP and Haryana mainly, Gurgaon, Faridabad, Noida and Greater Noida.

The apex court had indicated in the last hearing that it was in favour of the participation of private players also and was against the monopoly of the state in this field.


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