KARACHI: The All Pakistan CNG Association (APCNGA) on Tuesday slammed a government proposal to close CNG stations during the winter, terming it illegal.
The association said the proposal, if implemented, would hurt investments, spark inflation, create transportation issues and leave millions on the verge of starvation.
The government should not focus on the CNG sector to offset the shortage of natural gas in winter, said the association. Rather, the government should abide by agreements while halting the illegal use of natural gas, illegal provision of gas to influential sectors, extra usage of gas by some sectors, massive leakages and increasing theft, said the association in a statement.
“Authorities seem least interested in abiding by the law or ensuring the just use of natural gas while putting all the blame on the CNG sector,” said Ghiyas Abdullah Paracha, Chairman Supreme Council APCNGA.
In a statement issued here today, he said that masses would get relief if CNG outlets are kept open from 9am to 7pm during the calendar week as they would get plenty of natural gas for domestic use and CNG for transportation.
Further, he said, the provision of gas to the CNG sector during Eid did not increased consumption of natural gas or sale of the pumps but provided relief to the masses.
Paracha added that the practice of providing gas illegally to some powerful sectors must cease to provide relief to the masses as a lot of natural gas is being diverted to these sectors, creating a shortage for domestic consumers during the winter.
“The CNG sector has been facing discrimination at the behest of mafias including the powerful oil import mafia,” he added.
He said the closure of CNG stations would also result in enhanced import of petrol and diesel, which will trigger increased pollution, massive fuel imports, unemployment and social problems.
“The government has increased prices of petroleum products to an extent that masses and not ready to accept any substitute for CNG,” he observed, while stressing that there is no shortage of gas in the country.
Source: The NEWS