As the world’s largest natural gas producer, the government has been trying to curb the leaks and identify the culprits.
The Government of India has announced that the gas company, Bharat Petroleum, is being investigated by the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED).
The regulator has issued a notice to the company, demanding an explanation.
The ERC, a regulatory body within the Enforcement Division of the Enforcement Commission of India (ECI), has also asked the company to provide details about the sources of the leaks.
The ERC also said that it has taken action against five other companies that are involved in the natural gas pipeline leaks.
The company has been in the news recently after it was revealed that a gas leak was discovered in its plant in Gujarat and it was subsequently shut down by the authorities.
The company is owned by Bharat Group, which has a long history of natural gas supply to Gujarat.
According to the Times of India, the company was founded in 1927.
The Times also said the company has a refinery in Gujarat which is under the company’s control.
The state-run Bharat Oil Corporation (BOC), which is part of the Bharat group, owns the refinery in Pune.
According to the report, the leak is being looked into due to “high levels of methane” and “methane-contaminated water” in the pipeline.
The regulator said it will hold an inquiry into the leak and is likely to take legal action against the company.
Bharat Group has been embroiled in a number of controversies in the past, including a court order for it to pay Rs 100 crore to the former Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and his son.
Earlier, the Maharashtra government had accused Bharat of failing to keep an inventory of its natural gas reserves in the state and demanded Rs 1,000 crore from it.
The Bharat gas pipeline, which connects to the Gujarat port, is expected to be operational in 2019.