Gas shortages in several cities are adversely affecting the domestic and business lives of the people all over the country.
When the Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) reported the supply of gas to be suspended for two weeks of the day. The gas stations across the province of Sindh and Balochistan declared the shutdown for two days of the week, Saturday and Sunday.
SSGC stated,”The decision was taken in light of the availability of gas. The supply to industries will be slashed by 50%”.
In KP the supply is also stopped from the past four days. The Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited has also stated that in Punjab they that won’t be supplying gas to stations continuously for few days.
Moreover, countless households in the major metropolitan areas remain affected including Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar, and Quetta. During the harsh and freezing season, the families are either left hungry or provided with very low pressure of the gas.
Raisani Town, Arif Road, Mir Ahmad Khan Road, Najamuddin Road, Kawari Road, and adjacent areas have registered low gas pressure in Quetta.
On the other hand, SSGC officials state that the need for gas is being fulfilled in Balochistan.
SSGC General Manager Madni Siddiqui said Balochistan is getting 200mmcfd of gas as needed, adding that the low gas pressure was because of the use of compressors in some parts of the province.
For January 2021, a statement by the Petroleum Division spokesperson read, the government arranged 12 LNG cargoes. He said that in some cargos, additional LNG was also provided.
In Punjab, residents complain that because of the lack of gas supply, they are forced to buy costly LPG. As the gas supply remains suspended in many parts of the province, mosques, houses, flats, and businesses are left without warmth.