NGT asks for CNG pipeline plan
Kolkata: A National Green Tribunal (NGT) bench of Justice B Amit Sthalekar (judicial member) and Saibal Dasgupta (expert member) on Monday asked the Greater Calcutta Gas Supply Corporation (GCGSC) to file affidavit detailing the district-wise action plan for laying gas pipe to bring compressed natural gas (CNG) to Kolkata. The 18 inch-dia gas pipeline and 40 mm HDPE duct to lay optical fibre cable work got affected in Purulia, Bankura, West Burdwan, Hooghly, Howrah, East Midnapore, Nadia and North 24 Parganas, said Subhas Datta, petitioner in the case and a green activist. The bench also asked the government to mention the deadline for permission from the authorities, including Bandel Thermal Power Station (BTPS). The pipeline is supposed to pass through BTPS land to cross the Hooghly.
The GCGSC sought 4 weeks’ time to file the affidavit informing the NGT that GAIL India and state held a meeting on July17 and that two more meetings are scheduled on July 23 and July 27. CNG, a clean fuel, will be a lot cheaper than petrol. Even though Jagdishpur-Haldia-Bokaro-Dhamra CNG pipeline was approved in 2015, the laying faced land hurdles.