In an interim relief to Gas Authority of India (GAIL), the Madras High Court stayed an order passed by the Tamil Nadu government for removal of pipelines laid by the gas utility major in farm lands in the state.
GAIL was laying pipeline in some farm areas of Tamil Nadu as part of its Kochi-Bangalore pipeline project. However, farmers raised objection to the project in the state and this prompted the state government to disallow the project.
Further, the state government also directed officials to remove the pipelines already laid in farm lands in Coimbatore, Tirupur, Erode, Namakkal, Salem, Dharmapuri and Krishnagiri districts.
Passing interim orders on a petition filed by GAIL, Justice KK Sasidharan ordered that pipelines already laid should not be removed and posted the matter to July 9.