CNG stations to remain closed for 48 hours from today

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Karachi:The fuel and CNG stations in the city once again witnessed frantic scenes of vehicles rushing to them for queuing up for filling gas as the Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) announced another abrupt closure of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) filling stations in Sindh for marathon 48 hours starting from 9am Tuesday (today).

A statement of the SSGC announcing closure schedule of CNG stations of the region for the current week, said that all the CNG stations in Sindh would remain closed for 48 hours from 9am on Tuesday, 13th November till 9am on Thursday, 15th November.

This step is being taken by the gas utility to improve the line pack position all over Sindh province, which has been badly disturbed due to the short supply of gas from different gas fields causing depletion of line pack and low pressure in the system, said the SSGCs statement.

Last weeks closure of CNG stations in the city ended on November 9th (Friday) morning after which the CNG and fuel stations for the next 24 hours witnessed massive queuing up of vehicles for filling up gas, due to low inlet gas pressure to CNG pumps.

The CNG associations also alleged that the low inlet gas pressure was being maintained by the SSGC deliberately as the government wanted to control additional consumption of scarce source of gas in the CNG sector as the CNG prices had been phenomenally reduced following a ruling of the Supreme Court of Pakistan.

The concerned CNG consumers also criticised the SSGCs authorities as they had not been sticking to any fixed schedule for the weekly closure of CNG stations in the region as the announcement for suspension of gas supply to CNG pumps was made in an abrupt and emergency manner.

Courtesy: The News

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