Since most of Rawalpindi has been without gas for more than a week, the Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) has failed to supply natural gas for domestic users, even during the busiest summer months, and nothing has been done to remedy the situation.
On Friday, there were long queues of customers waiting to purchase ‘naan’ at exorbitant prices at all ‘tandoors’ and hotels.
According to Mukhtar Shah, General Manager of Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) for the Rawalpindi region, there is a gas shortage for consumers as a result of the wet weather. In cloudy weather, there is a significant difference between supply and demand, he claimed. He claimed that we are working to make natural gas available everywhere.
On the other hand, under the condition of anonymity, a few key post officers from SNGPL told The News that the relevant department had cut off natural gas to domestic users in order to benefit nearby businesses and CNG stations. According to the sources, the officers claimed that corrupt officers were profiting greatly from it.
The LPG vendors were also making money by offering gas in black for an exorbitant Rs300 per kilogramme. The price of LPG gas has also increased by the government and been set at Rs260 per kilogramme, but dealers have been taking full advantage of the current circumstance and selling the commodity in black.
Gas has not been available for more than a week in the following areas:
Sher Zaman Colony, Shah Faisal, Shah Khalid, Adiala Road, Qasim Market, Misriyal, Chakra, Satellite Town, Jhanda, Mareer Hasan, Saleha Street, Munawar Colony, Mubarak Lane, Dhoke Juma, New Lalazar, Tahli Mohri, Defence Road, Dhoke Kala Khan, Gulistan Colony, Naik Alam, Dhoke Manga Khan, Kashmir Colony, Gulshanabad, Dhamyal, Quaid-e-Azam Colony, Scheme-III, Dhok Ratta, Arya Mohalla, Tipu Road, Lalkurti, Tench Bhatta, Jan Colony, Dhoke Ratta, Dhok Munshi, Rehmatabad, Dhoke Banaras, Sadiqabad, Muslim Town, Tipu Road, Raheemabad and several other localities.
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