Karachi’s Compressed Natural Gas owners not to join nationwide strike

Karachi, January 08, 2013 (PPI-OT): The CNG stations’ owners have decided not to join CNG stations; nationwide strike on the plea that people ere already suffering badly due to energy crisis and frequent closure of gas supply by the SSGC.

Chairman All Pakistan CNG Owners Association (APCNGA) Malik Khuda Bux while talking to a group of journalists categorically stated that they would not join any strike called by any group of CNG owners upcountry and remain open to facilitate the suffering consumers.

He said that APCNGA would not become part of any CNG cartel and continue to fair business practices. He said that there is no shortage of natural gas in the country as we produced 4.23 billion cfd gas in December 2012 as compared to only 3.76 cfd gas during same period of 2011.

He said that government has provided gas connections to as many as 1.2 million consumers in the country. “Why this massive number of connections have been sanctioned if the country is facing acute gas shortage”, he questioned.

He said that whenever government wants to bag votes of the public it makes decisions contrary to its policies. “If you stop gas supply to the CNG sector how you generate a huge amount of foreign exchange to the tune of $5 billion per annum to import POL or LPG”, he further questioned adding that CNG sector is saving precious foreign exchange to the nation and providing clean environment as over 3.8 million vehicles are plying on CNG nationwide and as per foreign experts report it cleaned the environment by 58 per cent in big cities and 62 per cent in small cities. He said that exaggerated figures are being presented in the media about CNG consumption while it is not over 8 per cent of the total consumption of natural gas in Pakistan.

He said that vested interests are trying to deny gas to CNG sector as some influential have invested heavily in LPG sector which is an imported fuel as compared to indigenous fuel of CNG. He informed that CNG owners have invested Rs500 billion besides Rs190 billion by the vehicles owners.

Malik said that whenever government’s shuts down CNG stations it creates havoc in the country by stopping industrial wheel and the commercial activities resulting in massive loss to the industrial output and revenue loss running into billions of rupees to the national exchequer.

He made it clear that CNG sector has no agreement with the government while all other sectors including industry have signed the agreement that they would be provided gas for nine months only. He brushed a side the impression that CNG sector is consuming industry’s gas.

He said that CNG sector has also assured the government to join hands to promote LPG sector by selling it at their outlets along with CNG and POL but some influential did not want to improve the situation. He said that CBG sector is being subsidized by many countries to encourage environment friendly fuel whereas in Pakistan hundreds of billion rupees investment is being discouraged.

For more information, contact:
All Pakistan CNG Association
1056-D, First Floor, Satellite Town, Hyderi Chowk,
Said Pur Road, Rawalpindi
Tel: 0092 51 4429441-4317174
Fax: 0092 51 4429461
Web: www.apcnga.org
E-Mail: info@apcnga.org

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