Minister in-charge Revenue & Disaster Management Kyrmen Shylla

SHILLONG:

The State government has paid Rs 141 crore to over 805 affected landowners for the laying of Gas pipe throughout the State under the North East Gas Grid (NEGG) Pipeline project.

This was informed by the Minister in-charge Revenue & Disaster Management Kyrmen Shylla in his reply to a starred question tabled in the Assembly on September 21.

“A total amount of Rs 141 crore has been paid to the 805 affected landowners as per Section 10 (4) of Petroleum & Minerals Pipelines (P&MP) (Acquisition of Right of Use in Land Act, 1962) whose Right of Enjoyment has been affected de to Acquisition of Right of Use in Land,” Shylla said.

He said that all necessary permissions and approvals have been obtained for laying the pipeline in the State.

“All necessary permissions & approvals such as Petroleum and Explosive Safety Organization (PESO) approval, Consent to Establish (CTE) approval from the State Pollution Control Board (SPCB), Forest clearances, Consent/No Objection Certificate (NOC) from Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council  for Ri Bhoi and East Khasi Hills Districts, traditional chiefs, Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council for East & West Jaintia Hills Districts have been obtained by IGGL for laying the Pipeline in the State of Meghalaya,” he added.

He said that Indradhanush Gas Grid Limited (IGGL), a joint venture of IOCL, ONGC, OIL, GAIL & NRL, has been authorized by the Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB) under Section 16 and in pursuance of the Policy Directives issued to PNGRB by the Central government under Section 42 of the PNGRB Act, 2006 vide authorization letter dated November 17, 2020 to execute the North East Gas Grid (NEGG) Pipeline project.