Owners of CNG stations threaten to halt business over low pressure

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Karachi: One day after the people suffered due to partial closure of CNG stations in the city, the CNG association has said that they have got the nod from a government authority of not doing business when any of the CNG station faces interruption in power supply or confronted with problem of low gas pressure.


“We met the Commissioner Karachi who appreciated our working as an environment friendly business and also allowed us not to do business when any of the CNG station faces suspension of power supply or low inlet of gas causing tripping of CNG producing machinery,” said Suleman Sulemanjee former chairman of the All Pakistan CNG Association and chairman FPCCI’s Standing Committee on CNG.


Sulemanjee was part of the delegation of the All Pakistan CNG Association (Sindh Zone), which met the Commissioner Karachi on Monday on the issue of partial closure of CNG stations in the city following sharp reduction in CNG prices (reduction by around Rs30 per kg) after a ruling of the Supreme Court of Pakistan.


The leader of the CNG association said that in the present circumstances the CNG stations doing business in case of power failure, would incur obvious financial losses given the reduced CNG prices as they had to bear extra financial cost of purchasing diesel for running electricity generators for continued functioning of CNG pumps. Moreover, CNG stations could not function on low inlet of gas dropping from minimum required 05 PSI (per square inch) as otherwise it would cause tripping of machines at the filling station.

“Other than these two conditions, the Commissioner Karachi directed us to keep open CNG stations in the city in all the circumstances,” said Sulemanjee. He said that the Commissioner assured the representatives of CNG association that they would soon get an opportunity to sit with the authorities of Oil & Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) for rationalising the CNG prices under the directives of the Supreme Court.


Moreover, he said that there was an understanding reached at the meeting that CNG station operators would desist from filling gas in vehicles whose owners had not checked their CNG cylinders for mandatory safety certification from the Hydrocarbon Development Institute of Pakistan after the passage of five years.


To a question that such a decision of CNG station owners would cause obvious friction with consumers, the leader of All Pakistan CNG Association said that this certification was a mandatory safety checking requirement enforced by the government and this was the way the vehicles having CNG fuel option, should operate under the rules. “We will ensure observance of this safety testing requirement on an immediate basis,” he said.


Meanwhile, as commuters have been facing problems due to partial closure of the CNG stations in the city, the Commissioner Karachi warned the owners of Compressed Natural Gas pumps to keep open their businesses, ensuring CNG supply to vehicle owners on reduced rates; otherwise they have to face strict action from the government.


Talking to journalists after a meeting the delegation of the All Pakistan CNG Association (Sindh Zone), Commissioner Karachi Syed Hashim Raza Zaidi said that the government accepted no excuse of the CNG station owners for suspending the service of Compressed Natural Gas supply to consumers. He said that the cases of CNG stations found shut in the city would be referred to the Ministry of Petroleum, OGRA, and other government agencies concerned for taking strict punitive action against them including cancellation of licences for doing the CNG business.


He said that the CNG station owners would not be allowed to resort to undue pressurising against the commuters and using blackmailing tactics to force the government to once again jack up the CNG prices. He said that the commuters, vehicle owners, and users of public transport carriers would not be left high and dry on whims of CNG station owners.


He said that the vehicle owners would not made to suffer unduly while waiting in long queues for filling up gas in their cars and other modes of transportation.


The Commissioner Karachi said that he fully honoured the fundamental constitutional rights of CNG business owners but they were required to keep their filling station except the CNG holidays announced and enforced by the government and also they were bound to supply CNG on the government-fixed reduced rates.


Courtesy:  The News

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