Gas theft: SNGPL takes action against 400 industrial units, 9 CNG stations

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Regional General Manager, Sui Northern Gas Pipeline Limited (SNGPL), Haroon Khan, has said that the company during the current financial year had take action against 40 industrial units, 9 CNG stations and 300 domestic consumers for gas theft and has also detected a 6.3-kilometre long illegal pipeline. He was giving briefing to Speaker, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly, Kiramatullah Khan here in Provincial Assembly Building on Wednesday.

He said that the people of Peshawar region are being supplied natural gas through 12400 kilometres pipeline, which include about 4,15,000 domestic consumers, 5,200 commercial consumers and 428 CNG stations and industrial units. The RGM, SNGPL said the company had incurred 28 percent loss during the year 2011-12 while 16 per cent is in the current year. However, he said they are making hectic efforts for bringing it down 7.5 per cent. He said that 39 per cent gas is being theft in Surizai, Urmar, Achni, Pir Kalley, Dir Colony, Charsadda Road, Mathra, Sheikhabad, Akbarpura, Badhber, Safaid Dheri and Babuzai areas of Peshawar.

He lauded the role of the Speaker, Kiramatullah Khan in the supplying of the natural gas from Southern Districts to national grid and particular in the passage of the pipeline from Dara Adamkhel, which he said had made the province self-sufficient gas supply. Speaking on the occasion, the Speaker, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly, Kiramatullah Khan directed the authorities of Sui Northern Gas Pipeline Limited (SNGPL) for accelerating the pace of gas supply to Regi Model Town to save the billions of rupees of the general public and investors of the project.

He said SNGPL is playing a crucial role in the national development. He said that Pak-Iran gas pipeline will bear further pleasant impact on national economy. He urged the SNGPL officials for provision of connection in minimum time period and guaranteeing timely metre reading and also urged them for keeping strict surveillance on the wastage of this national asset.

He said the provincial government had already deposited an amount of Rs 200 million for the provision of gas to Regi Model Town and urged the authorities concerned for utilising all available resources for speedy provision of the utility to the township. He said the discovery of gas reservoirs in southern districts of the province had increased the royalty of the province to Rs 23 billion.

Courtesy: B R

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