ISLAMABAD(LAHORE), 18 July: Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) announced the suspension of gas supply to Combined Natural Gas (CNG) stations and non-export sector across Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK).
According to sources, the SNGPL has suspended gas supply to CNG stations and non-export industrial sector for an indefinite period.
The gas supply of CNG stations and the non-export sector would be given to power stations, according to a statement issued by the SNGPL spokesperson.
It is pertinent to mention here that the Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) had restored gas supply to Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) last month in July.
The SNGPL had restored the gas supply to the Combined Natural Gas (CNG) sector, textile, cement, paper, fertilisers and food industries.
Citizens were immensely relieved Monday after CNG stations, which had remained closed for the past two weeks, reopened. As per the Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC), CNG stations that remained closed in Karachi since June 22 finally reopened today at 8 am. People had started queuing up outside CNG station inside their cars, since Sunday night, to get CNG.
However, there was cause for some concern as the government’s decision to increase the General Sales Tax (GST) on LNG has also caused the price of CNG to increase, in some areas, by Rs30/kg. According to local media, consumers in Karachi have complained that the pump station owners have fixed the price of CNG at Rs140 per kg, marking an increase of Rs16 per kg increase in the price of the gas. Pump station owners said they had to undertake the move in response to the government’s move of increasing sales tax on LNG. The move has sparked panic among the CNG Association of Pakistan