The Petroleum and Natural Gas Ministry has rejected the request of Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation for allocation of 8 million metric standard cubic metres per day (mmscmd) gas for two of its power projects being developed along the DMIC.
The DMICDC had requested the Power Ministry to take up with the Petroleum Ministry the issue of allotment of 8 mmscmd gas for at least two power projects to be commissioned by 2014 and that this gas was provided at a reasonable rate. The Power Ministry had forwarded the request to the Petroleum Ministry with a note recommending allocation of gas.
The Petroleum Ministry has communicated to the DMICDC that its request was placed before the Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM). However, as the availability of indigenously produced natural gas is not likely to change significantly till 2014-15 and there is additional demand from the fertilizer sector of around 22 mmscmd, any allocation of gas to DMICDC projects at this stage was not feasible.