OGRA, others put on notice: Use of CNG kits & substandard cylinders in public transport

Published: December 17, 2011
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In the last five months, more than 50 people were killed in different areas of the country due to explosion of CNG cylinders in public transport.

In the last five months, more than 50 people were killed in different areas of the country due to explosion of CNG cylinders in public transport.

KARACHI: 

Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (Ogra) and other respondents were put on notice by a division bench of Sindh High Court here on Friday in a petition against installations of substandard gas cylinders and use of Compressed Natural Gas kits in public transport vehicles.

The bench comprising Chief Justice Mushir Alam and Justice Ahmed Ali M Sheikh earlier heard counsel for the petitioner NGO, United Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, and ordered issuance of preadmission notices to all respondents for a date to be fixed later by the office of the court.

The petitioner citing the accidents across the country maintained that owners of public transport in order to maximize their profits are getting the substandard or low quality cylinders fitted in their vehicles. These vehicles are poorly maintained and thus gas system is susceptible to leakages. Citing the ministries of petroleum and natural resources, communication, law, Science and Technology, Chairmen of Ogra and PSCQA as respondents, petitioner NGO maintained that under law all the respondents are bound to ensure safety and security of citizens of Pakistan who are exposed to dangers by public transport owners/operatives.

Seeking an interim order, the petitioner prayed to court to direct the Ogra and other authorities to stop filling of cylinders other than allowed by Ogra to avoid fatal accidents.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 17th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (2)

  • adnan
    Dec 21, 2011 - 4:51PM

    court should ban use of cng in public transport because it is very dangerous for people and secondly public transport is charging price on the basis of rate of diesel

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  • You Said It
    Dec 23, 2011 - 4:32AM

    There are no safety standards and certification requirements for CNG kits. The government should set standards and regulate the CNG kits rather than issue such ad-hoc instructions.

    There are no legal manufacturers of CNG kits in Pakistan. Better quality kits are imported, but these are more expensive. Local producers make imitations, but quality is poor and cause accidents. CNG kits should be added to the positive list for trading with India to reduce cost of certified kits.

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