CNG stations defaulters of Rs572 million: PAC told

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The Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Ltd (SNGPL) Wednesday apprised the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) that the company still has to recover Rs572 million from 42 CNG stations but despite being defaulters, connections of these stations were not disconnected.

The PAC meeting was held here at the Parliament House with its Chairman Nadeem Afzal Gondal in the chair.The list of CNG stations that are defaulters of more than Rs10 million was presented in the PAC in accordance with its directive.

MD SNGPL Arif Hameed presented the list of 78 CNG stations out of which 42 are still defaulters of Rs572 million while other 36 CNG stations have cleared their dues. However, he told the committee that despite being defaulters of millions of rupees, the SNGPL has not yet disconnected their connections.

He further told that the SNGPL has to recover Rs1,100 million from 4 IPPs while one IPP was defaulter of Rs5 billion and its connection was discontinued, but after the payment of 50 percent of the amount, the connection was restored.

The MD said the SNGPL has powers of providing 250,000 connections in a year and now the prime minister has given permission for providing 400,000 gas connections. He said the domestic gas connections in last six years increased from 2.1 million to 4.6 million.

Meanwhile, Nadeem Afzal Gondal said bureaucratic hurdles were being made in the creation of website of the PAC due to which the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with USAID for this purpose is lying in the Economic Affairs Division.

“The MOU could not be signed with USAID for creation and operation of website of PAC as it was still pending at the Economic Affairs Division for last seven months,” he said. He directed that the website be made operational by April 30.


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