JAMMU: The State Administrative Council (SAC) which met here on Wednesday under the chairmanship of Governor Satya Pal Malik approved amendments to the Jammu & Kashmir Underground Public Utilities (Acquisition of Rights of User in Land) Act 2014, to increase the timeline for completing the gas projects.
The existing 2-year time limit was insufficient in view of the State’s distinct topography and hilly terrain, which therefore required more time for implementation. This has been increased to 5 years. The increase in time limit will promote the participation of more gas companies in the bidding process once the Right of Way is awarded.
As a nationwide City Gas Distribution network has been started, Jammu and Kashmir is one of the few states which do not have a gas pipeline entering the State. One of the impediments to the expansion of the National Gas Grid to J&K were certain provisions in the Jammu & Kashmir Underground Public Utilities (Acquisition of Rights of User in Land) Act 2014, because of which projects could not be implemented.
Now it is hoped that with the proposed amendment, J&K will have a gas pipeline to Srinagar by the end of year 2019 and City Gas Distribution network’s in Jammu, Srinagar and other major towns within the next 18 to 24 months.