The Union ministry of petroleum and natural gas informed the Bombay high court on Thursday that it has decided to curtail the supply of natural gas to Maharashtra and divert the same to Gujarat. In pursuant to an earlier HC order, the ministry also filed an affidavit in this regard.
A division bench of justices VM Kanade and MS Sonak on Thursday extended its stay on a ministry order, which talks of cutting short the supply of natural gas to Maharashtra, till December 23, when the court will hear the matter further. Till then, the ministry can’t implement its order.
The HC, on December 5, had stayed the ministry’s order, directing it not to implement it, and asked it to file an affidavit on the same.
The direction was given while hearing a petition filed by the Mumbai Rickshawmen’s Union challenging the ministry’s order of November 14, which revised the quota of gas supplied to various states.
According to the petition, the shortfall in supply of gas will lead to price rise for those using the gas for cooking and for autorickshaws and taxis.
“The total requirement of gas for the domestic and transport sectors in the country is around 8.023 mscmd (million standard cubic metres per day). What we get is around 6.4 mscmd. The shortfall will have to be bridged by importing gas,” petitioner’s advocate Ganesh Hegde said.