Gujarat Global News Network, Ahmedabad
Gujarat High Court today directed Union government to decide in two days on Supreme Court order directing it to supply compressed natural gas (CNG) to Gujarat at the rate it gives it to Delhi and Mumbai.
These two cities are among the cities which are given CNG under the administered price mechanism (APM). The court has directed Union government to reduce the price of gas supplied to Gujarat, and take a decision in this regard in two days. Further hearing will be held on Friday.
A division bench of Chief Justice Bhaskar Bhattacharya and Justice J B Pardiwala while hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) observed that already much time has passed after its judgement last year directing Union government to supply CNG to Gujarat under APM. The court had earlier given last chance to union government and directed it to file affidavit stating reasons for delay in compliance of SC order and in how much time it plans to comply to it.
Court’s ultimatum came after the union government sought 16 weeks time in order to comply with the directions of the Apex court given in its order of September 30. The Centre had said that it was planning to frame a policy to supply CNG to Gujarat at the same rate as it is given to Delhi and Mumbai, hence time was required. This demand was not entertained by the court, and the petitioners.
The Supreme Court had on September 30 had asked the Union government to provide CNG to Gujarat at the rate it is given to Delhi and Mumbai. A bench of Justice H L Dattu and Justice M I Iqbal had upheld Gujarat high court’s order passed last year that the Centre should provide CNG to Gujarat at the price it supplies to Delhi and Mumbai.
It had further directed that the state government will have to pass necessary laws to make it compulsory for all four wheelers registered in Gujarat to convert to natural gas.
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