Supreme Court paves way for GAIL’S Rs 3,400-crore Tamil Nadu gas pipe­line pro­ject

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The Supreme Court has paved the way for GAIL In­dia’s con­tro­ver­sial Kochi-man­ga­lore nat­u­ral gas pipe­line pro­ject in Tamil Nadu (TN).

Land ac­qui­si­tion is­sues and stiff op­po­si­tion by farm­ers and the TN govern­ment had dis­rupted a key sec­tion of GAIL’S am­bi­tious R3,400-crore KochiKut­tanad-ben­galuru-man­ga­lore gas pipe­line pro­ject, which is pass­ing through farm­land in seven dis­tricts of the state, cov­er­ing a dis­tance of 310 km there, 505 km in Ker­ala and 85 km in Kar­nataka. A bench headed by Chief Jus­tice T S Thakur, while quash­ing the state govern­ment’s no­ti­fi­ca­tion that had sought re-align­ment of the pipe­line, said that the Tamil Nadu govern­ment — which has ral­lied be­hind the state’s farm­ers — had no ju­ris­dic­tion to di­rect such re­align­ment.

The apex court, how­ever, di­rected GAIL to pay en­hanced com­pen­sa­tion to farm­ers, and asked the state govern­ment to re­vise its com­pu­ta­tion of the mar­ket value of lands af­fected by the pipe­line. It also asked the state govern­ment to de­ter­mine modal­i­ties of the com­pen­sa­tion to be given to the farm­ers and al­lowed en­hanced com­pen­sa­tion by 30% over and above the statu­tory com­pen­sa­tion of 10% of the mar­ket value of the pro­ject.

The court had in Jan­uary 2014 asked the Tamil Nadu govern­ment and GAIL to main­tain sta­tus quo on the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the am­bi­tious pipe­line pro­ject.

GAIL ar­gued that it had al­ready in­vested Rs 600 crore in the pro­ject and had all nec­es­sary clear­ances and just a hand­ful of farm­ers were ob­ject­ing to the pipe­line.

Both the farm­ers and the TN govern­ment had chal­lenged the Madras High Court’s or­der that quashed its di­rec­tive putting curbs on GAIL from im­ple­ment­ing its pro­ject.

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