Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas M. Veerappa Moily on Friday said that the gas line already laid between Dhabol in Maharashtra to Bangalore would be also be taken to Mangalore from Chitradurga to supply it to domestic and commercial consumers in the coastal town.

Addressing a media conference here on Friday, Mr. Moily, a member of the Congress Campaign Committee, charged the Bharatiya Janata Party government in Karnataka for ignoring his offer to use the compressed natural gas for running road transport corporation buses including those of Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation to reduce pollution. Similarly, he said that the diesel power generator at Yelahanka, which has been polluting atmosphere, could have also been replaced with gas.

Asked what his achievement as a union minister was, Mr. Moily said that bringing gas to Bangalore was one and promised that he would take it to Mangalore also for the benefit of the people there. Asked why the Centre did not provide coal to Chattisgarh thermal power plant to be jointly set up with Karnataka government, he said it would not benefit the State as there was no grid. He however said that it would be provided by December.

Commenting on the cost sharing in the railway projects by the BJP government in the State, he said it did not benefit the people as the State Government had failed to provide land and other facilities asked for by the Railway Ministry.