APCNGA demands help in LNG import to resolve crisis

LAHORE: Government of Punjab has assured resolution of all the outstanding problems of the CNG industry including inequitable distribution of gas, misuse of natural gas and violation of laws by different departments.

The assurance came in a meeting held on the directives of Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif. The meeting was chaired by MNA Pervaiz Malik and participated by Minister for Energy Ch Sher Ali, Secretary Energy, Chairman Planning and Development and other officials.

The All Pakistan CNG Association APCNGA was represented by Ghiyas Abdullah Paracha, Abid Hayat, Captain retd Shuja, Fayaz Gillani, Anjum Niaz and Ashar Haleem.

During the meeting, the leaders of the CNG sector pointed towards elements involved in theft, misuse and unauthorised use of natural gas. They said that those who want to generate electricity through gas should have separate meters for it.

Paracha said that CNG sector is being destroyed due to unjust gas distribution, extended load shedding and violation of rules and regulations by different departments.

He said that gas sale agreements have openly been violated knowing that CNG industry has no alternative. He said that situation is horrible in Punjab where owners of 2200 CNG filling stations are at the brink and in urgent need of oxygen to resuscitate.

Paracha said that transport authorities have been harassing two million vehicle owners that include eight hundred thousand public transport vehicles on one pretext or other which should be stopped.

Demanding announcement of 10year CNG policy, he said that government should include CNG operators in the process of LNG import or help us to import it to settle the energy crisis.

At the occasion, MNA Pervaiz Malik assured all out support to the representatives of the CNG sector saying that government will not allow anyone to hurt any business and that it would provide level playing field to all.