The Centre, which had sought 16 weeks' time in order to comply with the apex court's directions given in its order of September 30, had filed an affidavit last week seeking time for framing policy to supply CNG to Gujarat at the same price at which it is supplied to Delhi and Mumbai.
    
A bench, comprising Chief Justice Bhaskar Bhattacharya and Justice J B Pardiwala, also asked the Centre not to discriminate between City Gas Distributors (CGDs) promoted by
Central public sector units and other CGDs as well as between Gujarat-based CGDs in the matter of allocating CNG.
    
Upholding the Gujarat High Court ruling last July, the Supreme Court bench of Justice HL Dattu and Justice MI Iqbal had said that the Centre should provide CNG to Gujarat at the same price at which Delhi and Mumbai get it.
    
Dhrangadhra Prakrutik Mandal had filed a PIL on the issue in the Gujarat High Court in 2011, alleging discrimination against Gujarat in allocation of natural gas at APM, as compared to Delhi and Mumbai.
    
The next hearing in the matter has been scheduled for Friday.

(Agencies)

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