After a survey indicated huge reserves of oil and gas near Birmani village in Myajlar area of Rajasthan, ONGC had planned to drill several deep wells. But the desert national park officials objected to any activity in the reserve area on the ground that it would disturb wild life habitat and flora. The issue is now pending before the courts.
ONGC contends that after spending crores of rupees on exploration works, it was not in a position to pay Rs 5 crore, and could pay only Rs 1 crore.
The park sources said since the area had been declared as a wild life reserve, any change in it can be made only with the permission of the Wild Life Board.
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