Shimla: Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd (ONGC) has wound up its gas and oil exploration and drilling project at the famous shrine site of Jawalaji in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. State Industries Minister Kishan Kapoor said in a written reply to a query raised by Parvin Kumar (Sulah-BJP) that drilling work was started in December 2009 but because only water with very mild gas was found, the exploration project was abandoned by ONGC.
Earlier, ONGC had also carried out drilling in the area in 80’s and 90’s as geographical surveys had indicated huge presence of oil and natural gas in the area. In 1993, the exploration was abandoned because ONGC did not have proper drilling equipment to reach the depth of 10,000 metres. Presently, ONGC is carrying out oil exploration in Kasauli hills of Solan district where it is expecting sure success as there are number of indicators reflecting that the area is rich in natural gas and oil. I