KARACHI: The All Pakistan CNG Association (APCNGA) on Tuesday rejected latest gas load management plan prepared by the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources, terming it against the interests of masses, violation of law and agreements and against the ground realities.
Complete gas closure for the critical Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) sector for the months in winter is not acceptable under any circumstances as it will add to the plight of masses, dilemma of CNG operators and hurt limping economy, it said.
Government decision to deprive people of Punjab from CNG during December, January and February would face stiff resistance by the CNG operators, transporters and masses, warned Ghiyas Abdullah Paracha, Chairman Supreme Council APCNGA.
In a statement issued, he said that the decision had been taken to please influential sectors which would boost oil import bill, drain inadequate forex reserves, bring exchange rate under further pressure, imbalance trade and pave way for heavy revenue losses.
The recommendation of petroleum ministry will hurt tens of millions of people across country, leave commuters in a lurch, result in widespread unemployment and degrade environment at an exceptional pace, he added.
Ghiyas Paracha said the government should turn away from the negative policies which will lead to massive unrest across Punjab and chocked economic growth.
The latest plan is illegal as Government is bound to follow the agreement which clearly cites continuous supply of natural gas to CNG outlets for 365 days a year adding that there is no mention of load shedding in the agreements.
The leader of CNG sector has been allowed to work for two days a week despite the fact that it is the only sector of the country which has no other alternative for the natural gas therefore it should get preference under all circumstances.
Repeating the demand of CNG sector, he said that we don’t have any alternative to natural gas, adding that continuous supply of natural gas to the CNG sector from morning to evening will help improve situation.
Paracha informed that the government would need to import up to 70,000 tonnes of additional petrol per month to bridge additional demand that would jump from 300,000 tonnes per month to about 370,000 tonnes. The government has adopted the novel ideal of complete gas shutdown for three months which is illegal and will result in destruction of the of Rs 450 billion CNG industry, he said.
Authorities should avoid hurting masses by ensuring efficient use of natural gas, reduction in line losses, curbing gas theft and ensuring just distribution of natural gas, he said.