To cope with increasing complaints of low gas pressure in residential areas in Abbottabad and Haripur, Sui Northern Gas Pipeline Limited (SNGPL) authorities presented a gas load management plan on Wednesday.
Under the plan, gas supply would be suspended to CNG stations during peak hours every day. The plan, chalked out with the consent of the CNG association, suggests uninterrupted gas supply to all 85 CNG stations in Haripur and Abbottabad. However, they have been directed to stop selling CNG to consumers between 6am and 9am and between 5pm and 8pm daily.
It was also decided that the violators would be penalised with suspension of gas supply.
It was also reported that the decision would remain effective for two-and-a-half months or until the gas supply improves in the two districts.
Residents of both districts had been complaining of low gas pressure for the last three weeks following the onset of winter, while CNG stations in Mansehra have already been observing gas loadshedding during these hours since last week.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 29th, 2011.
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