Kashmir Gas Pipeline Project Likely To Face More Delay

2 November 2015
Greater Kashmir
Bivek Mathur

Jammu: Already facing delay for various reasons, the ambitious Bathinda-Jammu-Srinagar Gas Pipeline Project is unlikely to become a reality in at least next three years, sources said on Monday. Sources said a biggest hurdle in the way of the project execution is the 'reluctance' of the Haryana Government to issue its No Objection Certificate (NOC) for laying the main gas pipeline from the National Gas Grid Mehsana in Gujarat to Bathinda in Punjab. The issue, they said, is still unresolved. The project was allotted to Gujarat Petronet Gas Limited (GSPL), the executing agency in 2011. Initially it was targeted to be commissioned in three years. Minister for CA&PD, Choudhary Zulfiqar Ali told Greater Kashmir that the NoC issue with Haryana government is yet to be resolved and a review meeting in this connection is being held on November 10. 'As the process of laying of pipelines will start from Gujarat, all the states, except Haryana, have issued the NOC,' he said. He said the CAPD Department-the Nodal Agency for the project-is holding a review meeting with representatives of all states on November 10 to 'explore the possibilities of early start of work on the project.' Zulfiqar said the project got delayed because the Haryana government delayed the NOC. 'This is because different political parties were ruling at the two states, Congress in Haryana and BJP in Gujarat, at the time of sanctioning of the project,' he said. 'We hope the issue will be sorted out soon as there is no such problem now.' He said after Haryana government allows the executing agency to lay the pipeline, the project will take at least three years to complete. 'Initially the project will be taken up to Jammu only as the process of clearance by different agencies, private land acquisition and compensation, have been completed in the three districts i.e. Kathua, Samba and Jammu,' he said.