CNG crisis in Pakistan

Pakistani Government gets commission on purchasing fuel. For that reason, it creates an artificial CNG crisis to increase fuel consumption, which as a result leads to boost of commission. Many cars in Pakistan work on CNG nowadays. Pakistan has the best variety of CNG fill up stations and CNG vehicles. But today, Pakistan is facing CNG crisis. In Pakistan, the best quantity of CNG is utilized in the Punjab province, which is the country’s largest province with regard to population.

In 2011, CNG has actually just been offered four days weekly. CNG has actually remained in use by Pakistan considering that 1992. In the beginning, Pakistani Federal government encouraged the general public, time to time, through media to use CNG kits in their vehicles. Also, financiers were offered discount rates if they bought CNG refill stations. Absence of fuel and diesel and oil crisis while the simple accessibility of CNG and its properties like it contaminates the air much lesser than oil, became the factors which affected the public with a CNG revolution.

The general public begun utilizing CNG in a few years; specifically the public transportation was now operating on CNG.

According to the statistics of 2009, there were 21, 91,000 cars using CNG Engines/CNG Kits and 2941 CNG refill stations in the country. It is real that no one may be particular about the genuine causes behind the CNG crisis in Pakistan, but some public apprehensions appear absolutely nothing less than true. The CNG crisis in Pakistan, instead of getting much better, is worsening each day.

The start of the year 2012 was marked in Pakistan by strikes against the Pakistani Federal government. And these were not only from the Pakistani public, however by the CNG Association also. According to the Pakistani Federal government, the factor behind CNG crisis in winter is the excessive use of gas. The gas starts freezing in the pipes and its pressure becomes really low. There is a sharp boost in making use of CNG lorries also, but the production of gas isn’t seeing any increments with that proportion. That is how, Pakistani Federal government continued CNG load-shedding in the summertimes.

The Pakistani public is extremely offended at the Government due to the on-going CNG load-shedding. Majority of public transporters in Pakistan don’t do their transport business during the days CNG isn’t available, that’s about three days in a week (as of 2011), this causes not only a great loss to the transporters themselves but the life of the commoners is also affected adversely. The students face difficulty in going to their educational institutes due to the in availability of transport. School and office staff that uses the public transport, arrives their offices late, and this happens more often. Patients suffering from fatal diseases die, due the in availability of transport to the hospitals during the days CNG isn’t available. Same is the case with small-scale-businesses and traders, due to CNG load-shedding, the business of small-scale traders is also affected badly.

These traders mostly use CNG vehicles to transport goods like vegetables, fruits, dairy products and baked items to shops. Many different rumours and apprehensions are found in the Pakistani public about the causes/facts/reasons behind CNG load-shedding and CNG crisis in Pakistan. One of them is that Pakistani Government receives commission on buying petrol. Therefore, it creates an artificial CNG crisis to increase petrol consumption, which consequently results in increase of its commission. Another apprehension is that the government wants to distract public’s attention from its policies, that’s why it creates the crisis. It is also believed that CNG crisis is created to inflate CNG prices

The Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Ltd (SNGPL) quietly cut off the gas supply to industry in the Punjab. Gas availability for industry was earlier reduced to two days a week only by the SNGPL.  Under the directions of the federal government, the SNGPL gives priority to domestic consumers in supply of gas and all other sectors, including industry, have been deprived of this important input. The textile sector will be hit hard by the decision of the government.

The All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) expressed dismay over it. Reduction in gas supply from five days to two days a week has already played havoc with the industry, said an office-bearer of the APTMA.

The textile industry is the mainstay of the Pakistan economy and 75 percent of the production units are Punjab-based, he added. But severe energy shortage in the Punjab is hitting the textile industry badly. However, the SNGL has no remedy for the energy-deficient industry.

According to an SNGPL official, with the advent of winter, loads on the SNGPL networks are steeply increasing due to enhanced consumption by the domestic sector. It has therefore been decided to cut off the gas supply to industry. The CNG filling stations are already subject to three-day a week mandatory closure.People are on the receiving end due to ongoing unannounced strike of the owners of CNG stations.Domestic consumers still face the issue of low gas pressure. In the entire provincial metropolis, there is no area where gas supply is being ensured at normal pressure.

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