Pakistan’s Liquefied Petroleum Gas Marketers Association (PLPGMA) has given the government a four-day deadline to control the price of LPG as regulated by the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (Ogra).
While staging a sit-in at the SSGC terminal on Wednesday, the distributors urged the government to stop the sale of LPG above the prices fixed by Ogra.
During a press conference held on Tuesday, PLPGMA Senior Vice Chairman Malik Taimoor claimed that by challenging the writ of the government, the state-owned LPG firm had become a mafia and was pushing the price up by another Rs20 – hitting its highest level at Rs300 per kilogram (kg).
“The price of household cylinders soared by Rs235 to Rs3550, while commercial cylinder prices also jumped by Rs908 to a high of Rs13,620,” they said, adding that the regulated price for LPG at Ogra is Rs204 per kg, but that the government’s gas company had raised the price to Rs300/kg.
In underdeveloped hilly regions, the price of LPG is anticipated to hit Rs350/kg, while in Gilgit-Baltistan the price could reach Rs400/kg. The officials said the government’s gas company was making an illegal profit of Rs0.1 million per tonne of LPG.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 25th, 2023.
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