CNG vehicles with cylinders underneath seats banned

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ISLAMABAD: After the Gujrat human tragedy which killed many children, the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (Ogra) has swung into action and placed an immediate ban on CNG stations to give gas to those public transport vehicles that have installed gas cylinders beneath the passenger seats.

 

However, those vehicles which have gas cylinders on their roofs will be exempted from the ban. The regulator has taken this action following the Gujrat’s tragic incident in which the school kids got burnt alive to death along with their teacher.

 

However, All Pakistan CNG Association has refused to abide by the orders of Ogra. The Supreme Court had taken the notice of this tragedy and held Ogra responsible for not monitoring the CNG cylinders installed in the vehicles posing risks to the lives of the commuters.

 

The regulator on Friday placing the immediate ban on CNG stations has written letters to all chief secretaries of four federating units, IG motorways and commissioner Islamabad to ensure the implementation of the orders so that any such untoward incident could be averted.

 

Ogra’s inspectors have closed down 22 CNG stations across the country after finding them involved in such ugly practices. Two stations have been closed down in Hyderabad and the teams of the regulator have conducted raids in Khushaab, Mianwali, Jhang, Chiniot and Sargodha.

 

Ogra officials claimed that the ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources was in favour of giving the CNG gas to all kinds of vehicles even with gas cylinders installed under the seats which is why the regulator could not take action for the last two years.

 

After the Gujrat’s incident, Ogra says it has to come forward and taken the action. However, Ghyias Paracha, Chairman of All Pakistan CNG Association, said that the vehicles were being provided the gas under 1992 clause of Ogra rules so the imposition of the ban is uncalled for.



Courtesy:  Dawn


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