Oil and Natural Gas Corporation got approval from the Union ministry of environment and forest and the state authorities to start drilling for gas in the eco-sensitive zone of Trishna Wildlife Sanctuary, at Gomati district in south Tripura.
Initially, ONGC had sought permission for drilling nine wells but were given permission for six by the ministry. “We are expecting a clearance from the state government regarding drilling of six wells and a pipeline. The ministry gave its nod after detailed scrutiny of technical and environment issues,” said Gautam Kumar Singha Roy, Asset Manager, ONGC Tripura.
Singha Roy said that the company would compensate for any loss or damage to the biodiversity of the region, in accordance with the law.
Emphasising the company’s green conservation initiatives, Roy said that ONGC gifted two electric buses worth for ferrying tourists to the Sepahijala Wildlife Sanctuary near Agartala. The sanctuary is home to the clouded leopard and spectacle monkey. The zero-emission buses will run on chargeable batteries.