Construction of LPG storage: PHC stops from cancellation of NOCs

Humayun Khan

PESHAWAR: The two-member bench of Peshawar High Court comprising of Justice Lal Jan Khattak and Justice Ijaz Anwar stops concerned department from cancellation of No Objection Certificate for establishment of Liquefied Gas storage at Mardan and granted status quo, on Wednesday.

The counsel for petitioner Amin-u-Rehman Advocate PHC that Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) had issued license on 22 September 2017 for two years and directed to construction shall be made in accordance with international standards and obtaining of NOCs from 11 departments.

The counsel informed that petitioner was also directed to provide progress and feasibility report to OGRA on monthly basis.

The counsel argued that due to complex procedure for obtaining NOCs the two years span was completed and six month extension was provided but Deputy Commissioner Mardan granted NOC immediately after expiry of time.

The counsel further added that now NOC from explosive department has lift but OGRA did not took decision regarding extension and informed that OGRA had power to grant 25 years extension but it did not do so.

The counsel further informed that now departments are pressurizing to cancel NOCs of the petitioner then PHC stops concerned departments from cancellation of NOCs and granted status quo.