ISLAMABAD: The All Pakistan CNG Association (APCNGA) on Wednesday demanded new gas supply schedule for CNG industry to counter problems of locals and industry.
CNG filling stations should be permitted to provide gas to masses for nine hours a day, for 18 hours on Wednesdays, ban on electricity load shedding during working hours, and restoration of proper gas pressure, said Ghiyas Abdullah Paracha, Chairman Supreme Council APCNGA and Central Chairman APCNGA Pervaiz Khan Khattak while addressing a joint press conference.
These demands if accepted would dramatically change the situation to soothe masses which is also earnest desire of the government, said Ghiyas Paracha.
He said that removing bottlenecks in the energy projects, doubling budget of all such projects, early import of LNG, finding new reserves, and efficient use of natural gas would also help improve situation.
Paracha said that differences between gas companies and Ogra over UFG have resulted in reduced pressure that must be resolved.
The leader of the CNG sector said that former government was anti-CNG but all the allegations levelled against this sector were cleared from Supreme Court and other forums. However, he said that incumbent government is serious in resolving all the issues for which we are grateful.
Speaking on the occasion, Pervaiz Khattak said that masses are getting CNG in Punjab on a daily basis after gas of four years. Masses would take some time to get accustomed to the new schedule which would eventually end queues on the CNG outlets.
We are considering separate queues for commercial and private vehicles in outlets while some recommendations aimed at resolution of issues have been forwarded to State Minister for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali and some other officials, said Khattak.
Acceptance of recommendations would reduce problems of CNG owners, consumers, and workers while saving natural gas and electricity.
A reason for current problems is our desire to provide relief to masses; he said adding that out efforts has proved that CNG can be provided seven days a week.
Khattak informed that Petroleum Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi would review the situation soon and participate in a seminar organised by APCNGA in Karachi on Friday where an important decision may be announced.