SHC gives more time to provincial govt for removal of substandard gas cylinders, CNG kits from public transport

Karachi: The Sindh High Court SHC on Tuesday once again allowed provincial government more time to ensure that substandard gas cylinders and CNG kits are removed from public transport vehicles.

Headed by Justice Ahmed Ali M Shaikh a division bench also issued notice to federal and provincial authorities to file comments on application filed by Rana Faizul Hasan seeking compliance of court orders regarding removal of substandard gas cylinders/tanks and CNG kits from vehicles.

Earlier on 28 November 2012, the court had gave direction for removal of substandard gas cylinders/tanks and CNG kits on a petition filed by Rana Faizul Hasan, who had submitted that several people had lost their lives due to the use of substandard gas cylinders in public transport, but the authorities concerned failed to take action against such traffic violations.

He had prayed to the court for issuing orders that government verified cylinders/CNG kits are used by public and private transport to avoid accidents and blasts. During hearing on Tuesday he filed an application submitting that authorities concerned despite repeated directions of the court neither had filed comments and nor compliance report.

He said that following Gujrat tragic bus fire incident on May 25 which killed 19 schoolchildren and a teacher, Lahore High Court has imposed ban use of substandard CNG kits in commercial vehicles across the province. He said that in order to avoid the casualties, Sindh government be directed to take initiative for removal of substandard CNG kits. Hearing of case was put off to August 23, 2013.