CNG to be avail­abe for whole week in Pun­jab from to­mor­row

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

Federal Min­is­ter for Petroleum and Nat­u­ral Re­sources Shahid Khaqan Ab­basi Satur­day said that gas will be pro­vided to the CNG sec­tor in Pun­jab, six days in a week from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and full day on Sun­day from April 1.

Ad­dress­ing a cer­e­mony re­gard­ing CNG restora­tion or­ga­nized by All Pak­istan CNG As­so­ci­a­tion (APCNGA) and me­dia at a lo­cal ho­tel, he said that Liq­ue­fied Nat­u­ral Gas (LNG) would start com­ing in the coun­try till the end of cur­rent year which would help in over­com­ing the gas short­age.

He said that there would be sur­plus gas at the end of con­sti­tu­tional ten­ure of present govern­ment adding that 35 per­cent de­crease in the price of LPG was also un­der con­sid­er­a­tion. The min­is­ter said the govern­ment has to pro­vide gas to fer­til­izer com­pa­nies, in­dus­tries, power plants and other sec­tors adding that the coun­try was fac­ing cri­sis of gas short­age while a con­sid­er­able de­crease could also be ob­served in load­shed­ding if the power houses would be pro­vided gas on full ca­pac­ity.

He said that bil­lions of ru­pees were in­vested in the CNG sec­tor but the pre­vi­ous govern­ment did not evolve any com­pre­hen­sive and ef­fec­tive pol­icy for the de­vel­op­ment of this sec­tor due to which the sec­tor was fac­ing se­vere cri­sis. He said the PML-N govern­ment was mak­ing day and night ef­forts for the bet­ter­ment and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of the CNG sec­tor. Khaqan Ab­basi said that there would be less gas short­age in next win­ter sea­son.

Later, the Federal Min­is­ter dis­trib­uted shields among the rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the as­so­ci­a­tion.

On this oc­ca­sion, APCNGA Supreme Coun­cil Chair­man Ghayas Ab­dul­lah Paracha said that earn­ings of mil­lion of people were as­so­ci­ated with the CNG sec­tor and the govern­ment must re­serve a spe­cific share of LNG to the CNG sec­tor. He said that 25 per­cent gas could be saved if do­mes­tic users stop use of gen­er­a­tors, adding that a sys­tem of gas dis­tri­bu­tion on equal price should be de­vel­oped. He as­sured the govern­ment of their full co­op­er­a­tion in re­solv­ing is­sues of the CNG sec­tor.

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