Shah panel to submit report on RIL-ONGC gas dispute on Aug 31

New Delhi, Aug 10 (IANS) Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Wednesday said the Centre has extended the term of the A.P. Shah Committee, which is looking into the dispute between Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) and state-owned ONGC over natural gas migration, to end of this month.

The Committee will submit its report by August 31, the minister said.

“Government constituted a single member committee comprising of Shri Ajit Prakash Shah former Chief Justice of Delhi High Court on 15.12.2015 to look into the dispute between Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) and ONGC regarding ONGC blocks (KG-DWN-98/2 & Godavari PML) and RIL block (KG-DWN-98/3) in Krishna Godavari basin,” he said in a written reply to questions in Rajya Sabha.

“The committee was to submit its report in three months time. However, considering the volume of work involved and complexity of the issue, the Committee has sought extension till August 31, 2016 for submission of the report which has been agreed by the government,” he said.

Pradhan said the terms of references (TORs) to the committee includes looking into the issue of gas migration and give its recommendations in this regard.

He said the committee has conducted hearings and has taken written submission from all stakeholders.

“The next course of action will be decided by the government after getting the recommendations of the Committee,” he said.



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