SHC orders removal of substandard gas cylinders, CNG kits from public transport

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Karachi: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Wednesday directed the federal and provincial governments to ensure the removal of substandard gas cylinders/tanks and CNG kits from public transport vehicles.

The direction came on a petition of Rana Faizul Hasan seeking a ban on substandard gas cylinders and CNG kits from public and private transport.

The petitioner submitted that several people had lost their lives due to the use of substandard gas cylinders in public transport, but the authorities concerned failed to take action against such traffic violations. He prayed to the court for issuing orders that government-verified cylinders/CNG kits be used by public and private transport to avoid accidents and blasts and that decanting of LPG at densely populated areas be stopped forthwith. Federal and provincial law officers sought time to file comments.

A division bench, headed by Justice Maqbool Baqar, granted time and ordered that the authorities concerned ensure the removal of substandard gas cylinders/tanks and CNG fittings from vehicles. The court also directed that such vehicles which used substandard gas cylinders and CNG fittings for carrying passengers should not be allowed to ply on roads. The bench ordered that the orders be implemented instantly and effectively without any further delay.

It further ordered that no illegal decanting of LPG be allowed and strict action be taken against violators. CNG cylinder explosions in public transports are increasing in Sindh, including Karachi. Two persons were killed and several others injured when a cylinder fitted into a mini-bus blew up at a CNG station on Abul Hassan Isfahani Road in Gulshan-e-Iqbal on November 17.

The incident occurred when CNG was being pumped into the mini-busís cylinder while several other vehicles queued up at the CNG station after a 24-hour suspension of the gas supply. Plea against heavy traffic. A petition was filed in the SHC, seeking a ban on the movement of heavy vehicles during rush hours and the removal of encroachments from public places in Karachi. The National Forum for Environment and Health, through its president, Naeem Qureshi, submitted in the petition that Karachi was a mega city and people were facing lot of problems such like heavy vehiclesí movement during rush hours, encroachments, electricity outages .
The petitioner said the government functionaries had failed to control the situation, and as a result the fundamental rights of citizens were badly affected. He said there were more than five million vehicles in the city , but due to negligence on the part of the authorities concerned, traffic jams occurred in different areas, including Liaquatabad, Saddar, MA Jinnah Road, Burns Road, Kharadar, North Karachi, Hotel Metro Pole and PIDC, causing citizens to face hardship.

Citing the home secretary, IGP Sindh, the DIG Traffic, the city commissioner, the Sindh Building Control Authority as respondents, the court was prayed to restrain the respondents from allowing heavy vehicles to run on roads during rush hours, and to direct them to remove illegal encroachments from public areas, markets and shopping plazas.

Courtesy: The News

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