Govt urged to exempt CNG filling stations from gas outages

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KARACHI: Traders have demanded the government to exempt compressed natural gas (CNG) filling stations from outages as frequent closures is hampering social and economic life, creating a lot of problems for them, according to a statement on Friday.

Mehmood Hamid, president of the All Pakistan Organization of Small Traders and Cottage Industries (APOST&CI) Karachi chapter, said that the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (Ogra) is safeguarding the interests of oil and gas tycoons instead of people. The closure of CNG filling stations in the economic hub means an unannounced strike as public transport runs on CNG, he said.

The government should end gas outages and exempt the gas filling stations of at least Karachi, he said.

Hamid requested the government to take decisions in the national interests, keeping in view the plight of the poor Pakistanis.

Haifzul Haq Hasanzai, patron-in-chief, of All Pakistan Intercity Bus Owners Association and president of the Karachi Taxi, Rickshaw, Yellow Cab Owners Association, said that the present government seems bent to destroy public transport sector. Every week CNG filling stations remain closed for three to four days on one or the other pretext, he said, adding that hundreds of thousands of poor rickshaw and taxi drivers suffer due to closure of gas filling stations.

The government is not considering the plight of the poor people and instead serving the rich people, he said.

Courtesy: The News

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