According to the detail under gas management plan, the CNG stations will again be shut for 48 hours on Friday, 8:00 AM and resume gas supply on Sunday 8:00 AM.
The officials of Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) said demands of gas has increased manifold in severe cold weather, therefore, such kind of measures were essential.
On the other side, SSGS also disconnecting the supply to domestic consumers waiting for bill corrections or meter change, but the company doesn’t mentioned the reason behind disconnection of supply to domestic consumers in verious areas of the Karachi.
The three-day weekly closure of compressed natural gas (CNG) stations due to gas load management have forced public transports to have alternate arrangement, LPG, to keep running their vehicles during CNG stations closure.
The closure of CNG stations is creating a lot of problems for commuters, as public transporters withdraw a large number of busses and mini-buses during gas loadshedding to avoid use of expensive diesel fuel to operate buses.
The consumption of LPG is likely to go up manifold if duration of CNG stations closure is increased. However the buses, mini-busses, taxi and rickshaws, which operate during the CNG stations closure, use LPG as alternate fuel.
The LPG is costly as compared to CNG, which cost Rs 66.75 per kg whereas LPG cost over Rs 120 per kg.