CNG cri­sis in Pakistan

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION - SUMAIYA FAYYAZ

Dur­ing the past more than one decade, a large num­ber of ve­hi­cles were con­verted to run on CNG (Com­press Nat­u­ral Gas). Hence, Pakistan has an enor­mous num­ber of CNG fill­ing sta­tions. The pub­lic be­gan uti­liz­ing CNG; even the pub­lic trans­port started run­ning on CNG. As per the fig­ures of 2009, there were 21,91,000 ve­hi­cles uti­liz­ing CNG En­gines/CNG Kits and 2941 CNG re­fill­ing sta­tions in the coun­try.

Now a larger part of CNG sta­tions, es­tab­lished with heavy in­vest­ments, are ly­ing in­op­er­a­tive and be­cause of the hu­mil­i­a­tion faced by the com­muters and car own­ers has got their CNG kits re­moved from their ve­hi­cles. One won­ders as if where are the pol­icy mak­ers and the gov­ern­ment high-ups who led the in­vestors to spend bil­lions on CNG sta­tions but now, every­thing has gone waste. Will the high-ups in the Min­istry of Petroleum, cast a pa­tri­otic glance at this is­sue as well? — Karachi

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