ABAD demands lifting ban on new gas connections

KARACHI: Association of Building and Developers of Pakistan said on Tuesday that imposition of ban on new gas connections by the government has hampered the process of giving possession to allottees of more than 25,000 housing units and frozen more than Rs 200 billion of builders and citizens who have booked flats in these projects.

Addressing a press conference at Karachi Press Club chairman ABAD Junaid Ashraf Taloo said the federal government had imposed temporary ban on 4th October 2011 and as result SSGC stopped providing gas connections to high-rise buildings. He said four-year old ban had severely affected the construction industry.

Taloo claimed that the ban on gas connections had resulted in increase of housing shortage which had reached over 8 million units.

Vice chairman ABAD Mohammad Hanif Memon said due to unavailability of gas connections over 250,000 individuals had been affected and those who had taken possessions without gas connections were burdened with additional expense Rs 6 to 8 thousand per month for consumption of LPG.

Chairman Southern Region Mohammad Hussain Bakhshi said projects on which possession had not yet been given, were announced before the moratorium was announced. He said over 250,000 connections were to be provided to those units, whereas total consumption of those units was a meagre 0.6 MMCFD.

Bakhshi said as per 18th amendment in constitution, the gas producing provinces had first right over their natural resources.

Rizwan Adhia said a summary moved by SSGC to Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif six months before for signature was still pending.

ABAD warned that if their demands were not met they would announce their next course of action in next 10 days.

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