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    Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB) has asked the government to cancel licence granted to Reliance Gas Transportation Infrastructure (RGTIL) to lay four gas pipelines, saying the company has been dragging its feet on implementation of the 2,175-k.m. pipelines.

    Relogistics Infrastructure Ltd (Relog), a subsidiary of Mukesh Ambani’s RGTIL, had in 2007-08 won government authorisation to lay Kakinada-Basudebpur-Howrah pipeline, Kakinada-Chennai line, Chennai-Bangalore-Mangalore pipeline and Chennai-Tuticorin line but physical work on these pipelines haven’t yet started.

    The oil regulator has written to the Petroleum Ministry recommending cancellation of the authorisation over delays in implementation of the pipelines, a top PNGRB official said.

    “The Board has taken a view of recommending cancellation of authorisation for the four pipelines. That has been communicated to the government,” he said, adding the licences were given by the government prior to PNGRB began functional and so its cancellation can now be done only by the Ministry.

    Relog has cited uncertainty about availability of gas for not building the lines that as per the original authorisation were to be built in three years from date of all approvals. The three year period expires this month.
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