APCNGA rejects summary on stations closure

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KARACHI: The All Pakistan CNG Association (APCNGA) has rejected the summary forwarded by the petroleum ministry to the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) to close down CNG filling stations, the association said in a statement. Some politically well-connected officials in the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources have concentrated on damaging the CNG sector, which provides economical fuel to the people, saves foreign exchange and combats pollution in order to benefit powerful petroleum and liquid gas sectors, the association said.

“The summary moved by the petroleum ministry to the ECC to close down CNG outlets is a plot to deprive the people of economical fuel, hit transport sector, plunge millions into unemployment, and lay waste to our investments,” Chairman Supreme Council APCNGA Ghiyas Abdullah Paracha said.

He said that the Petroleum Minister Dr Asim Hussain had been desperately trying to close down CNG business and introduce LPG. “With no respect to the prevailing laws and rules, the minister has been overstepping Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority’s authority since years and taking controversial decisions, which remained unpopular even among the ruling elite,” he added. While dubbing the summary a plot to destroy investments in the CNG sector and overburden the people, Paracha warned that any hasty decision in the forthcoming meeting of the ECC would be resisted with full force.

As Federal Minister for Petroleum Dr Asim Hussain on July 31, 2012, proposed that the 15-year-old CNG stations should be closed this month and that the licence of CNG stations would not be extended and LPG stations would be set up across the country. “That decision could not materialise as it had nothing to do with the ground realities and everything to do with personal ambitions,” Paracha said.


Courtesy: The News

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