No gas makes people's life miserable
28 December, 2013
RAWALPINDI/LAHORE: Despite the closure of CNG stations all over Punjab, the domestic consumers did not get any relief and suffered a lot due to an extremely low or zero gas pressure.In various cities of Punjab, including Lahore, Rawalpindi and Multan, gas load management has left the people in extreme distress amid a severe wave of cold.
There is no gas in houses for cooking and heating. Lack of natural gas supply is so irritating for the masses that they have to search for food the whole day. People are forced to buy Naan and Rotis from tandoors and owners of these shops also complained about the low pressure of gas. The situation is also very troublesome in Faisalabad.
People told that the government had stopped the gas supply to CNG stations a few weeks ago and announced that the domestic supply would continue round-the-clock, but the local authorities had evolved a new formula for an automatic domestic gas outage. Under the formula, the gas pressure is minimised to the extent that people cannot prepare breakfast and meal during the day hours. Despite strong protests by domestic consumers, the SNGPL authorities do not pay any heed to the grievances of gas users and have turned a deaf ear to their complaints.
Apart from this, commuters are facing hike in fares of public transport as due to the closure of CNG stations, transporters are charging high fares. It is also resulting in the price hike of other goods.
To meet the petrol and diesel expenses, transporters are overcharging the passengers. During the process of travelling, exchange of hot words and scuffles between passengers and transporters is witnessed when they demand inflated fares.
The All Pakistan CNG Association (APCNGA) chairman Ghayas Paracha acknowledged that the closure of CNG stations did not prove fruitful for domestic consumers. Instead, he said, it had resulted in numerous problems for all classes like transporters and public. He said that the closure of CNG sector in Punjab is a discrimination which has affected many owners of CNG stations, workers and transporters. However, he said, the government is least concerned about the problems faced by the people.