Govt likely to enact separate land use law for gas, fuel pipeline projects

Special Correspondent

19 March, 2019 12:00 AM printer

The government is likely to introduce separate land use law for installation of 10 separate natural gas and fuel pipeline projects in a bid to save farmlands.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has already given instructions to the ministers for saving farmlands during development of state-sponsored projects or infrastructures.

The Energy and Mineral Resources Division (EMRD) recently placed the idea before State Minister for Power and energy Nasrul Hamid at his office.

As per EMRD proposal,  land owners get disappointed when we (EMRD) initiate to acquire farmlands for installation of pipeline projects…it also incurs loss of government for payment of compensation.

But, the government can return lands to the owners after installation of the pipelines. Then they (owners) will able to do farming at their own lands, according to the proposal.

It also proposed not to allow any structure or pond on the land.

India has a separate law to install fuel or natural gas pipelines on agricultural lands, the EMRD mentioned.

The EMRD is now implementing 10 separate pipelines, including 110- kilometre single point mooring with double pipelines, 305.23-kilometre Chattogram-Dhaka fuel pipeline, 130-kilometre India-Bangladesh Friendship Pipeline, 10-kilometre Jet-A-1 pipeline, Bagura-Rangpur-Syedpur gas transmission pipeline, Chattogram-Feni-Bakhrabad Parallel Gas Pipeline and Moheskhali-Anwara Parallel Gas Pipeline.