- CNG stations in Sindh to remain closed from December 1 till February 15, 2021.
- SSGC says decision to close CNG stations taken to meet domestic consumers’ requirements.
- Gas loadshedding spanning almost 18 hours reported in various cities across Pakistan.
KARACHI: CNG stations across Sindh will close from today (Wednesday) till February 15, 2021, confirmed the Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC).
The decision to close CNG stations has been taken keeping in view the gap between the demand and supply of the commodity and to meet the gas requirements of domestic consumers across the province, clarified the SSGC.
Gas loadshedding, sometimes spanning 18 hours in various cities of the country, have made life difficult for the common man in Pakistan.
On the other hand, the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) will hold a hearing today on Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited’s request to hike gas prices by 150%.
Several Karachi areas face gas shortage
Several areas of Karachi witnessed gas outage last Monday as the SSGC went about its load management plan.
Residents of Saddar, II Chundrigar Road, Lyari, Manzoor Colony, Kharadar, Kaemari and several other areas complained that the gas pressure was extremely low.
Other areas severely affected by gas loadshedding are Korangi, Bhittai Colony, Orangi, Liaquatabad, Shah Faisal Colony and different areas.
Residents of the above mentioned areas are complaining that they are receiving gas for only two to three hours a day and that too, at an extremely low pressure.
As a result, people have no other option but to use gas cylinders which are adding to their expenses.
Geo News spoke to several women of the areas mentioned above, who said that suspension of gas supply meant they were forced to send their children to schools and colleges without breakfast.
Quetta, Peshawar, Punjab cities suffer from gas shortage as well
Quetta, Peshawar, Gujranwala, Multan, Faisalabad, Mirpurkhas and other cities in Punjab are also reportedly suffering from a gas shortage.
Not only residents but owners of hotels and restaurants are also complaining of a gas shortage, as it is having an adverse impact on their business.
In Quetta and Gujranwala, the increased prices of LPG and wood, respectively, added to citizens’ woes.
The price of LPG per kg in Quetta has surged by Rs70 per kg, resulting in its total price increasing to Rs230 per kg.
The price of 40-kg of wood has soared to Rs950 in Gujranwala.