Gujarat Global News Network, Ahmedabad
People of Gujarat can expect relief in their bills of CNG. The Supreme Court on Monday directed the Union government to provide compressed natural gas to Gujarat on the rate as it is given to Delhi and Mumbai.
A bench of Justice H L Dattu and Justice M I Iqbal rejected the appeal of the Union government against the order of Gujarat High Court. It directed the state government to pass necessary laws to make it compulsory for all four wheelers registered in Gujarat to covert to natural gas.
The Gujarat high court had on July 25, 2012 asked the Centre to supply gas to Ahmedabad for domestic and vehicular purpose under the administered price mechanism). It followed a public interest litigation. The Central government had appealed against this order before Supreme Court.
In the order passed last year, the High Court had given one year’s time to the state government to make legislation thereby imposing stringent restrictions to reduce pollution by levels of emission to the minimum.
Hailing the SC judgment Gujarat Energy Minister Saurabh Patel termed the verdict as Gujarat’s victory against the Centre’s injustice towards the state. He demanded that Court order be implemented with immediate effect so that over 0.24 million vehicle owners of Gujarat can get CNG at lower rates. This will ease lives of large number of rickshaw drives and vehicle owners in present scenario of heavy price-rise, he added.
He further added that the verdict has exposed the center’s policy of favoritism in CNG allocation. "The apex court has clearly said the center cannot discriminate between two states while allocating the gas. This has uncovered center’s step-motherly treatment towards Gujarat and its double-standards", Patel said.
"Even after the Gujarat High court’s order to center, directing it to give CNG to Gujarat on the same rates as other states, the union ministers were harping blatant lies that there was no injustice to Gujarat. The supreme court’s verdict makes it clear that what they were saying was utter lie," he stated in an official release.
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