Gujarat Global News Network, Ahmedabad
The Gujarat High Court on Friday directed union government to provide compressed natural gas to Gujarat at the same rate as Mumbai and Delhi by November 18.
Supreme Court had upheld Gujarat High Court order that under the administered price mechanism Gujarat should get CNG at the same rate as Mumbai and Delhi. Gujarat High Court rejected the plea of central government that it needed 16 weeks to implement the order because it was framing policy.
Today, Division bench of Chief Justice Bhaskar Bhattacharya and Justice J B Pardiwala came down heavily on the union government and said that already more than 15 months have passed since it directed Central government to provide CNG to Gujarat at the same rate as Mumbai and Delhi, but nothing has been done.
The original PIL was filed in 2011 by Dhrangadhra Prakrutik Mandal which had alleged discrimination against Gujarat in allocation of natural gas at APM in comparison with metropolis like Delhi and Mumbai. It had sought HC direction to the Centre to prioritize and diversify the unutilised natural gas from non-priority sector to the City (CGD) for their domestic and vehicular usage, as directed by the Supreme Court in one of the cases to reduce the pollution level and cost of living.
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