CNG: APCNGA rejects move to close 15yearold CNG stations

Islamabad: The All Pakistan CNG Association APCNGA on Tuesday rejected a move by petroleum ministry to close CNG filling stations that completed fifteen years of operations terming it intrigue against masses.

Some politically well-connected officials in the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources has remained concentrated on damaging CNG sector providing economical fuel to masses and saving foreign exchange to benefit powerful petroleum and liquid gas sectors, it said.

The summary moved by the petroleum ministry to the Cabinet’s Economic Coordination Committee to close down CNG outlets is a plot to deprive masses of economical fuel, hit transport sector, plunge millions into unemployment, and lay waste to our investments, said Ghiyas Abdullah Paracha, Chairman Supreme Council APCNGA.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, he said that Petroleum Minister Dr Asim Hussain who contributed to the unpopularity of current cabal has been desperately trying to close down CNG business and introduce LPG as early as possible.

With no respect to the prevalent laws and rules, the minister has been overstepping authority of Ogra since years and taking controversial decision which remained unpopular even among the ruling elite, he added.

While dubbing the summary a plot to destroy investments in the CNG sector and overburden grievously affected masses, Ghiyas Paracha warned that any hasty decision in the forthcoming meeting of the ECC would be resisted with full force.

He said that Dr Asim Hussain on July 31, 2012 as Federal Minister for Petroleum claimed that 15yearold CNG stations to be closed this month and that the license of CNG station would not be extended because LPG was being introduced as an alternate energy and LPG stations would be set up across the country.

That statement proved to be another futile effort which could not be materialized as it had nothing to do with the ground realities ignored by the then minister to please influential energy mafia, Paracha said.

Paracha informed that an urgent meeting of the Central Executive Committee of the APCNGA has been summoned to discuss the situation and challenges during which a counter strategy would be finalised.