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Long queues at CNG stations causing traffic jams

02 January, 2014

ISLAMABAD: The compressed natural gas (CNG) filling stations in the twin cities are witnessing long queues of vehicles these days after the fuel turned into a rare commodity, causing traffic jams.

These filling stations are operating under the court orders for three days a week as owners had approached the court after the government's decision to suspend gas supply to the CNG sector for an indefinite period.

The long queues can be witnessed at filling stations, especially the ones situated on the IJP Road.

"Though these queues of vehicles cause inconvenience for commuters, we are happy to see reopening of CNG stations, as people cannot afford to run vehicle on petrol," said Mir Jan, a taxi driver.

The chairman of the CNG association's supreme council, Ghyias Paracha, told APP that the court had ordered for reopening of 90 per cent of the CNG stations.

However, he alleged that the court orders were not being implemented in letter and spirit, and just 40 per cent of the outlets had been providing the fuel, leading to long queues of vehicle and traffic jams.

He alleged the SNGPL staff had taken away meters and pins of certain filling stations, flouting court orders.

He said that the CNG sector had only one option to run their business with gas while other sectors had other alternatives.

Despite the claims that the domestic consumers would have uninterrupted gas supply, the residents of the twin cities have complained of low or zero gas pressure at certain localities.

"Our life is miserable. We cannot cook anything at homes. Our routine is affected badly. How can we send our children to schools without breakfast? The government should take measure for rectifying the low gas issue which has re-emerged," said Zahaanat Bibi, a housewife in Siddiqabad.

She said residents had to stand in long queues to get food from restaurants and brick ovens during breakfast and dinner.

Similarly, Zahid Kamal, a resident of Shamsabad, said that the low gas pressure had multiplied problems for people in most areas, compelling them to use firewood or LPG.


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