HC nod to allotment process for 632 petrol outlets in J&K

HC nod to allotment process for 632 petrol outlets in J&K
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Srinagar: The J&K High Court on Tuesday permitted state authorities to go ahead with allotment process for establishing 632 petrol outlets in Jammu and Kashmir.
The court today made it clear that authorities were free to go ahead with the allotment process but the response called for on a petition challenging the allotment process had to come from the state and central governments, and also from nationalised oil companies, by April 16.
Earlier, the court had issued notices to the central and state government and also to nationalised oil companies calling for their response on where they were planning to set up new 65,000 new petrol outlets in the country and 632 new petrol outlets in J&K state.
The notices were issued to Government of India through Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, and to the Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board through its Secretary, to the Indian Oil Corporation through its Managing Director, to the Bharat Petroleum through its Chairman, and to Hindustan Petroleum Corporation through its Chairman.
The notice was also issued to the Divisional Managers, Territorial Managers and Deputy Managers of these corporations at their Jammu office. Response was also sought from J&K State through its Commissioner/ Secretary, Revenue Department.
Also, 31 Deputy Commissioners of J&K State were directed to file their response.
A litigation challenging the allotment process was moved by the All J&K Peoples Welfare Organisation through its chairman, Muzaffar Ahmed Khan.