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APCNGA rejects closure of CNG filling stations in Sindh


KARACHI: The All Pakistan CNG Association (APCNGA) has rejected the decision of the Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) to close compressed natural gas (CNG) filling stations for two-and-a-half months from December 1 to February 15, a statement said.

Closing of CNG filling stations in Sindh is unjustified, which will not be accepted, Group leader of APCNGA Ghiyas Abdullah Paracha said.

The SSGC did not consult the stakeholders before deciding to close the CNG filling stations from December 1 to February 15, he said, adding that the association of CNG owners will not accept the unilateral decision, which defies merit.

Paracha said that it was very unfair to shut down the CNG sector in Sindh, which is paying the highest price for the liquefied natural gas (LNG), which is $15/unit.

The sectors, which are paying $2 to $6/unit for LNG are being promoted, he said.

The CNG sector is ensuring reduction in the oil import bill and reduces urban pollution, compared with other fuels.

This environment-friendly fuel facilitates transportation to the poor, but it is subject to frequent tariff and tax hikes, he said.

Paracha said that the gas utilities cut off supply to the CNG sector whenever they want, which affects the employment and business of millions of people.

The relevant authorities often say that the CNG sector is the last priority in the gas consuming sectors, which is a misrepresentation and if it is so then they should show the proof of the government in this regard.

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