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Is PNG ‘security deposit’ charged by Adani from households legal, HC asks PNGRB

The direction came from a Gujarat High Court division bench comprising acting Chief Justice V M Sahai and Justice R P Dholaria on a public interest litigation (PIL) which alleged that Adani Gas Ltd has been charging an additional amount of Rs 500 as "security deposit" from its piped gas customers. This was after the PNGRB filed an affidavit before the Gujarat High Court division bench stating that the decision of charging such a deposit from domestic PNG users is under the Board's consideration.

The PIL filed by three city-based social activists Dhanesh Desai, Sanjay Raval and Bharat Shah, through their advocate S H Iyer, had demanded that Adani Gas Ltd be restrained from collecting any "security deposit".

The petition alleged the additional amount collected by Adani Gas Ltd as "security deposit" is absolutely illegal as well as unauthorised and cannot be imposed on consumers of piped natural gas in the city.

The plea said the gas company has been charging the amount which is not mentioned in the tariff determined by PNGRB, the regulatory body.

"PNGRB has not passed any decision or order permitting collection of additional 'security deposit' from customers for PNG connections," the petition said.

Meanwhile, Adanis tie up with POSCO for Oz coal export terminal

Adani Group’s Australian subsidiary on Wednesday said it has signed an MoU with South Korean steel giant Posco for the construction of a new strategic terminal at Abbot Point coal port to export high-quality coal globally at competitive rates.

Terminal Zero will be constructed at the port of Abbot Point, Queensland, as per the MoUinked between the company and Korea’s POSCO.
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