Pakistan News / Islamabad, Lahore Karachi Updates > People across the country are facing a lot of problems due to closure of compressed natural gas (CNG) stations as part of a countrywide strike call given by the All-Pakistan CNG Association (APCNGA) against government decision to increase tax on CNG sector.
The strike was observed a day before the three-day weekly gas holiday, which is observed on Thursday, Friday and Saturday in twin cities. On Tuesday night, almost all CNG stations witnessed an unprecedented rush as they handled four to five queues at a time stretching over and across main roads and disturbing smooth flow of traffic.
Taking advantage of the situation, public transporters as well as taxi drivers charged extra fares from commuters, claiming that they were using petrol as fuel instead of CNG.
Talking to this scribe, a number of people said that the government was creating more and more problems for the general public. They said that Pakistan was facing severe energy crisis and the government was not doing anything to overcome it. “First there was no electricity and water. Now we are not getting CNG,” they added.
They also questioned the government’s strategy of three-day gas load management plan, saying that the plan was excusable in winter when there was a wide gap in demand and supply, but now when the temperature is in 40+ degrees Celsius, there is no reason to follow the plan. They said that an increase of Rs15 in CNG price would put extra burden on the public.
All-Pakistan CNG Association Central Chairman Ghayas Abdullah Paracha said that the joint call of the APCNGA strike would become a shield against the Rs15 increase in CNG price. “This tax will be an extra burden on the public’s pocket so it’s equally lethal for the public and CNG station owners,” he added.
He said that the government has failed to overcome the electricity crisis by closing down CNG station. Now the concerned authorities should announce smooth supply of gas to CNG stations to facilitate the general public. He appealed to the public to support the strike of All Pakistan CNG Association, as it is fighting for reduction in gas price.
Secretary Petroleum & Natural Resources Muhammad Ejaz Chaudhry has vehemently denied the position taken by CNG Association for their ‘unjustified’ strike.