Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy
is taking steps to expedite the proposed floating terminal in Kakinada to import RLNG as the project faces delay owing to administrative inertia.
While the project was conceptualised by Reddy, it is being implemented by the state-run AP Gas Distribution Company in partnership with top players like the Gas Authority of India and Gaz De France.
Reddy placed a 15-day deadline to complete all formalities at the government level, and move forward.
The chief minister is discussing ways to expedite the project in a multi-departmental review meeting with senior officials including Chief Secretary Minnie Mathew.
The company, several months ago, sought the state’s permission to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Kakinada port operator, KSPL.
The chief secretary is said to have initially proposed that the MoU should be vetted by the State Infrastructure Authority (SIA).
Accordingly it was placed in the SIA of which she is chairperson. It was decided in the authority to obtain views from finance and law and both cleared decks for the MoU.
Much to the shock of government, the Kakinada Sea Ports, on the other hand, made best use of the delay, and proceeded with its own floating RLNG project, with Anil Ambani’s Reliance as partner. The KSPL even notified a public hearing to obtain environmental clearance, reports indicate.