The CNG issue
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.