Inter-department fight in Haryana may lead to the closure of several petrol pumps and CNG (compressed natural gas) stations in Gurgaon. In a warning to pumps and stations, the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) has instructed them to immediately clear their dues.
According to a news story in Hindustan Times (July 3), Huda allots land to petrol pump and CNG station owners on lease for 15 years against a nominal annual fee. After expiry of lease agreement, it is mandatory for owners to renew the agreement. Gurgaon has 135 petrol pumps and 14 CNG stations.
Huda claims that there are 25-30 defaulters. It has directed them to make payments before July 15.
An unnamed senior executive of the Haryana City Gas Corporation Limited, which runs all CNG stations in Gurgaon, was quoted in the report, saying that all dues have been cleared. The corporation, however, “will check about the pending dues,” he said.
If the allegedly defaulting pumps and stations are closed, chaos would follow.