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Petrol stations' strike irk citizens

11 December, 2013

MULTAN/SARGODHA/KHANEWAL/DG KHAN: General public and motorists in various cities of Punjab had to face severe hardships due to strike of petrol stations in favour of demands.

The petrol station owners in different cities including Sargodha, Multan, Khanewal, Khushab, Bhakkar, Jhang, Faisalabad, Dera Ghazi Khan, Muzaffargarh, Rajanopur, Sahiwal and others shut down the filling stations in protest for not increasing their profit.

Due to unavailability of fuel public and private transport remained very thin and dozens of people including women, elderly people, students, labourers, public servants and employees of private offices were seen at bus stops waiting for van of concerned routes.

Long queues of vehicles were seen at the petrol stations providing petrol and diesel as Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) suspended the gas supply for CNG and industrial sector of the province for indefinite period from Tuesday.

The petrol dealers and black marketers took full advantage of the situation and sold petrol and diesel at higher rates than the fixed by the authorities concerned.

Private transporters also remained busy in looting the citizens by overcharging the citizens.

The citizens expressed grave concerns over prevailing situation and demanded the provincial and federal governments for mending the situation.

They also warned of holding province-wide protests against the petrol stations' owners and hoarders, if authorities failed to bring the situation under control.

OGRA chief takes notice: The chairman Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA), on Tuesday, took notice of "artificial shortages" of petrol and strike being observed by the fuel stations in Punjab.

The petrol stations' owners in Punjab continued to observe strike on second day, causing shortage of petrol in the province.

The OGRA chairman has constituted a high-level Monitoring and Enforcement Committee led by the authority's vice-chairman.

The chairman also convened a meeting of all oil marketing companies on Wednesday. He said that provision of oil stock would be ensured as per law.

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