A division bench of Chief Justice Bhaskar Bhattacharya and Justice JB Pardiwala reserved the matter for December 3 after the petitioner and the state government sought time for going through the guidelines indicated in the affidavit. (Agencies)
As per the guidelines issued by the Petroleum Planning and Analysis Cell (PPAC) of the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas earlier, the Gas Authority of India Ltd (GAIL) has been directed to finalize the operational modalities of supplying gas to the City Gas Distributors (CGDs) that should come into effect at the earliest and not later than November 30 this year.
The affidavit of compliance was filed before the High Court last week in accordance with the court order, pronounced last month, asking the Union Government to comply with its order by November 18 and also asked the Secretary of the Union Petroleum Ministry to appear before it in case of non-compliance.
In its affidavit, the Centre said that it has formulated a policy for allocation of supply of natural gas to the CGDs for the purpose of CNG (transport) and PNG (domestic) segment.
The policy, according to the affidavit, removes discrimination among all the CGDs to the extent of supply of domestic gas for CNG and PNG segment.
The policy highlights that domestic gas will be allocated to all CGD entities in proportion to their actual consumption for CNG and PNG segment at base uniform price. The policy further states that the ratio of domestic gas to RLNG for CNG and PNG segment would be uniform across all the CGD entities.
The Gujarat High Court had last year asked the Centre to supply CNG to Gujarat at the same rate at which it is supplied to Delhi and Mumbai despite the order being operational a year and three months back.
The ruling of Gujarat High Court, which was challenged by the Centre, was upheld by the Apex Court.
Dhrangadhra Prakrutik Mandal, an NGO, 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.
A division bench of Chief Justice Bhaskar Bhattacharya and Justice JB Pardiwala reserved the matter for December 3 after the petitioner and the state government sought time for going through the guidelines indicated in the affidavit.