Rs209m released for land acquisition of QZ Gas Pipeline
MIAN ARSHAD ISLAMABAD—Minister of state for Petroleum and Natural Resources, Jam Kamal Khan’s special efforts enabled payment to the affected landowners of the QuettaZarghoon Gas Pipeline. The cheque amounting to Rs 209,775,000 has been issued to Deputy Commissioner of Quetta on account of payment towards the land acquisition in Quetta-Zarghoon Gas Pipeline project for onward disbursement to the affected landowners.
According to Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources, Minister of State had moved SSGC regarding much delayed issue of giving compensation money to Revenue authorities of Quetta regarding QuettaZarghoon Pipeline for onward disbursement to the affected landowners. The 64 kilometer-long pipeline network has been laid at a cost of Rs1.600 billion to add 25 mmcfd (millions cubic feet per day) of gas to the company’s system for onward transmission to Quetta.
Initially, Sui Southern Gas Company Limited (SSGCL) received the demand of Rs 523.496 million from DC Quetta against the Right of Way (ROW), which was very high. On the directions of Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Resources, SSGCL made hectic efforts and held a series of negotiations with the Commissioner, Deputy Commissioner and Revenue officials besides other stakeholders. Resultantly, SSGC persuaded the Revenue authorities to reduce the initial demand to the new amount of Rs. 209.775 Millions.