• Bundelkhand sitting on natural gas deposits? Methane, helium gases leaking from tube-wells in four districts

    Backward region of Bundelkhand seems to be sitting on huge deposits of natural gases, as methane and helium gases have been leaking from tube-wells at a stretch of 150 km spread over four districts. After recharging of tube-wells following good rainfall, the villagers have laid down pipelines and are using the gas as fuel for cooking. Though it could prove disastrous, janpad panchayat representatives said they have informed the administration. But, Sagar district collector Vikesh Narwal is clueless about it.

    “I joined six months ago .I will find out about it,” he told TOI. However, Arun Kumar Shandilya, a professor of applied geology in Dr Hari Singh Gaur University, Sagar, has been raising the issue for past over two decades. “It is happening in more than 50 tube-wells over a stretch of 150 km in Vidisha, Sagar, Damoh and Panna districts. I have already intimated the Union ministry of petroleum and natural gas, Oil And Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), director general, hydrocarbons, and Geological Survey of India (GSI) about it,” he told TOI. Shandilya first got the samples of gases tested with ONGC and later at National Geophysical Research Institute (NGRI), Hyderabad.  Clayton Keller Authentic Jersey

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