By Our Staff Reporter
Dehradun, 31 Aug: A section of media has reported that ONGC has made a big discovery of crude oil in Balia District of Uttar Pradesh. The names of Krishna Gopal and Tara Chand also are mentioned in these reports.
The above-referred media report is incorrect, states ONGC. To set the facts right, it has disclosed that a team of ONGC executives visited areas in eastern UP and Bihar during 27 June and 3 July for a ground check. The purpose of the visit was to identify prospective areas and examine the opportunity to expand exploratory activities in the hitherto unexplored domains there.
In the process, during a casual interaction with the locals the visiting executives, upon being asked, identified themselves as being from ONGC. On queries about ONGC’s work, the locals were informed that it is a company that explores for oil and gas.
This was a preliminary survey and the ONGC executives neither had any formal interaction with any authority or media, nor gave any statement, as is being attributed to them through the media reports.
The media reports do not have any substance of truth so far as working of ONGC in Uttar Pradesh is concerned. The detailed activities which have been reported are general statements and in no way reflect current activities of ONGC in Uttar Pradesh.