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GAIL chief against Aiyar's plan to open gas pipelines

New Delhi: State-run gas firm GAIL (India) Ltd has protested Petroleum Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar's plans to open up laying of natural gas pipelines to the private sector saying competition cannot protect consumer interest. Aiyar had on Wednesday said he was against GAIL monopoly over the proposed 8000-km National Gas Grid that would connect gas sources to consumption points. GAIL chief Proshanto Banerjee has shot off a letter to Petroleum Secretary S C Tripathi saying the revised draft on the National Gas Pipeline Policy that allows producers and importers of natural gas to lay pipelines to consumers, "might lead to skewed development of gas market in the country." Currently, all gas pipelines in India are owned by GAIL.

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