CNG body to shut down stations in Sindh, Karachi transporters call strike

Published: December 28, 2011

Transporters are protesting against the frequently closure of CNG stations in the city. PHOTO: EXPRESS/ FILE

KARACHI: All Pakistan CNG Association announced a shutdown of all CNG stations across Sindh from December 30, while the Karachi Transport Ittehad (KTI) has called for a strike beginning from December 31 in protest against frequent CNG strikes in the city, reported Express News on Wednesday.

President KTI Irshad Bukhari said that efforts were being made to convert public transport vehicles over to diesel; however, such efforts would fail as the vehicles would continue to run on CNG.

It is still unclear till when the transport strike is going to last.

Due to the gas shortage, CNG stations in Karachi are frequently being shut down every week, bringing a halt to public transport as a majority of them have converted to CNG in the past.

Federal Petroleum Minister Dr Asim Hussain had said that the government is considering shutting down CNG stations in Sindh for one month if the gap in demand and supply of gas continues.

According to experts, the rapid expansion of CNG stations – which consumes 11% of total gas – in the last decade has widened the gas demand-supply gap in the country.

Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) management says the CNG stations are being closed to improve the line pack all over the company’s franchise area of Sindh and Balochistan, which has been badly disturbed due to heavy gas demand.

Reader Comments (10)

  • Saif Shamsi
    Dec 28, 2011 - 3:36PM

    They should’nt have allowed the buses to be run on CNG. It is the govt’s failure for which the public has to pay now

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  • Khurram Mansoor
    Dec 28, 2011 - 4:54PM

    Please do it as soon as possible.

    We cannot just blow this precious resource on our roads.

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  • sami
    Dec 28, 2011 - 5:13PM

    this is like banning matchsticks for every house being burnt by fire. Truly, this is not a logical solution and the government needs to give attention to the common man’s neccessities instead of Memogate, Nato-gate, Benazir killing gate, Haqqani gate, Karzai gate, etc.

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  • itp
    Dec 28, 2011 - 6:17PM

    Karachi Transport Ittehad (KTI) has called for a strike beginning from December 31 in protest against frequent CNG strikes in the city…. ironical!

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  • Ali Tanoli
    Dec 28, 2011 - 8:15PM

    pakistan towart revolution fast and faster pace.

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  • Sajida
    Dec 29, 2011 - 4:39AM

    @Sami Only someone who is deluded would expect govt by fuedals to care about common man. You should take a trip to their fuedal land area and see how they treat their own common residents.

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  • Stranger
    Dec 29, 2011 - 9:47AM

    @Khurram Mansoor:
    What do u know?

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  • Ahad
    Dec 29, 2011 - 12:05PM

    Lets buy bicycles before their prices shoot up. We are going back in time without inventing time machine !

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  • SMS
    Dec 30, 2011 - 11:42AM

    Karachi Transport Ittehad calls for strike against CNG stations closure. Ironic. Because the public transport was not supposed to be converted on CNG in the first place. they have set fares according to diesel prices and running vehicles on CNG to bag as much money they can and they dont bring the transport out during the CNG closure. they are all thieves and robbers n they all back each other to rob the people of this country

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  • maz3tt
    Dec 30, 2011 - 11:49AM

    what is the use of strikes in Pakistan. go on the strike indefinitely till your demands if you can or please give up this work strike. this word has just become a joke.

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