Di­rect use of gas is il­le­gal

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Staff Re­porter KARACHI—Di­rect use of 8000 mmcf gas through il­le­gal con­nec­tions un­earthed in Gulis­tan-eJauhar area of Karachi. Ac­cord­ing to details, SSGC’s Surveil­lance and Mon­i­tor­ing team con­tin­ued its crack­down against mis­cre­ants in­volved in nat­u­ral gas theft by raid­ing an apart­ment build­ing near Kam­ran Chowrangi, Gulis­tan-e-Jo­har. Ac­cord­ing to an es­ti­mate, about 8,000 mil­lion cu­bic feet of gas was be­ing stolen that amounts to ap­prox­i­mately Rs10 mil­lion in mon­e­tary terms. The of­fend­ers were found us­ing a 1-km long di­rect line to feed more than 70 households and two gen­er­a­tors of 15KV and 25KV for run­ning one ho­tel and sev­eral shops in­clud­ing the law firm which was also the prop­erty of the apart­ment build­ing owner named Akhter Hus­sain Mangi and Shabir Ahmed Mangi. The man­ager of the law firm beat a hasty re­treat when he dis­cov­ered that the raid­ing party was un­der­tak­ing the raid. The SSGC team sum­mar­ily re­moved the clamps and con­fis­cated the pipes used in tak­ing gas di­rectly from the sup­ply main. Nat­u­ral gas theft is one of the main causes of Un­ac­counted-for-Gas (UFG) or line losses, which is se­verely im­pact­ing SSGC’s fi­nan­cial bot­tom line. The gas com­pany is wag­ing an all out war against those in­volved in gas theft and me­ter tam­per­ing by con­duct­ing raids on a reg­u­lar ba­sis in its fran­chise prov­inces of Sindh and Balochis­tan.

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