The CNG closure from Thursday morning to Saturday evening continues to bother people in the twin cities, especially commuters.
On Friday, citing gas load shedding at CNG stations, public transporters in Islamabad and Rawalpindi were reluctant to provide services; those that did operate, did not complete their routes.
“I was informed by a conductor at the Sadiqabad bus stop route no1, that the vehicle will not be going further than Faizabad as they are running on petrol due to gas load shedding,” said Atif Aslam, a passenger.
More than 40 per cent of the public transport vehicles remained off the road on Thursday and Friday in the capital due to the non-availability of CNG; taxi drivers demanded higher fares.
Saeed Ahmed Ali, a teacher at a school said, as per government’s commitments CNG sector had first right on gas saved from the private sector’s power stations.
He was of the view there is no gas shortage in the country but the issue is being created due to “some vested interests”.
The government needs to provide an inexpensive mode of transport for the public, he added.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 8th, 2011.
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