The CNG is­sue

Enterprise - - LETTERS - Ahmed Sattar Mul­tan

It was only a few years ago, Pak­istan was go­ing through a CNG con­ver­sion plan through­out the na­tion; a cam­paign well com­mu­ni­cated and en­dorsed to change the mind set of ev­ery cit­i­zen to go CNG; to go cost ef­fec­tive.

And now here we are fac­ing a ma­jor CNG cri­sis. No one is cer­tain but it’s ap­par­ent that the de­mand for gas is not be­ing pro­por­tion­ally met. The start of the year 2012 was marked in Pak­istan by strikes against the Pak­istani Govern­ment. And th­ese were not only from the Pak­istani pub­lic, but by the CNG As­so­ci­a­tion as well. Ac­cord­ing to the Pak­istani Govern­ment, the rea­son be­hind CNG cri­sis in win­ter is the ex­ces­sive use of gas. The gas starts freez­ing in the pipes and its pres­sure be­comes very low.

How­ever, the press­ing is­sue is not only the hin­drance on hav­ing a full cylin­der but also the in­creased agony and ir­ri­tabil­ity for Pak­istani cit­i­zens as though they don’t have enough ev­ery bat­tle’s to win. Long queues, in­creased ar­gu­ments on who was in line first, a great loss to the trans­porters them­selves but the life of the com­mon­ers is also af­fected ad­versely. The stu­dents face dif­fi­culty in go­ing to their ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tutes due to the un­avail­abil­ity of trans­port. School and of­fice staff that uses the pub­lic trans­port ar­rives at their of­fices late, and this hap­pens more of­ten, pa­tients suf­fer­ing from fa­tal dis­eases die, due to the un­avail­abil­ity of trans­port face ma­jor hin­drance in reach­ing the hos­pi­tals.

The same is the case with small-scale-busi­nesses and traders. Due to CNG load-shed­ding, the busi­ness of small-scale traders is also af­fected badly. I be­lieve, there is a press­ing need to ad­dress this is­sue as soon as, to strike off at least one is­sue from our list of is­sues.

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