APCNGA rejects ban on CNG for over 1000cc vehicles

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LAHORE  - After announcement of Caretaker Prime Minster Justice (retd) Mir Hazar Khan Khoso wherein he on Tuesday prohibited Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) filling for private vehicles over 1000cc, All Pakistan CNG Association has rejected the decision of Prime Minister. Chairman Supreme Council All Pakistan CNG Association, Ghias Paracha has said that caretaker government was not authorized to take such policy decisions. He said that Supreme Court of Pakistan has also directed Care taker government to not take policy decision. 

He was of the view that said decision of Care taker Prime Minster was also not implementable due to certain reasons including if this decision was implemented people will sale their big cars and purchase 1000 CC to save money and consume cheaper fuel like CNG. He said that this decision was also not implementable due to reason that such a summary was also moved in ministry in January 2013 but Law division rejected that summary saying that discrimination would not be exercised in this case. If the CNG was banned, it would be banned across the board and all sorts of vehicles would not be supplied.

He said that there was no logic being given to save gas on such a minor level since being banned CNG for more than 1000 CC vehicles government could not save gas enough to even generate 10 MW electricity.

An Excise and Taxation officer said that in Lahore there were around 10000 cars being registered per month out of which one third number was vehicles of more than 1000 capacity.

The decision was taken on a ‘covert summary’ of the petroleum ministry.

According to the new order, a fine of Rs50,000 will be charged from the non-compliant CNG stations on first violation, which will be doubled on second. Closure of the culpable CNG stations for six months for third offense and for a year if they fail to follow the orders on fourth occasion in a row.

A copy of the said orders has been dispatched to the concerned departments. The ban, however, will not be applicable on public sector.

Courtesy:  Nation

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