Defence ministry objects to gas project in Andhra

August 8th, 2011 - 11:54 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Aug 8 (IANS) The defence ministry has objected to a gas project in the Krishna-Godavari basin of Andhra Pradesh, as it comes under a missile test range, Defence Minister A.K. Antony told the Lok Sabha Monday.

In a written reply, Antony said the proposal of the petroleum and natural gas ministry to identify oil and gas exploration under the new exploration licensing policy-9 would interfere with the proposed long-range missile launching facilities in Andhra Pradesh.

“The defence ministry has objected to the gas project of Andhra Pradesh in the Krishna-Godavari basin as the same comes under the missile test range,” he said in his reply.

The Andhra Pradesh government was yet to send a proposal for alternative place for setting up the missile test range, he said, noting that the issue was still under the discussion with the petroleum and natural gas ministry.

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