QUETTA: As temperatures continue to plummet in Balochistan, gas supply remained suspended for the third consecutive day in the province on Sunday causing serious inconvenience to people.
Despite repeated claims by officials of the Sui Southern Gas Company that supply will be restored within hours, residents in provincial capital Quetta kept waiting for gas supply.
Supply to Quetta, Kalat, Mastung, Pishin, Ziarat and other districts was suspended about three days ago after an 18-inch gas pipeline was blown up twice near the troubled Dera Bugti region. But despite the lapse of three days, the damaged pipeline has not been repaired.
According to an SSGC official, repair work has begun after receiving the security clearance. He claimed that the pipeline will take a few hours for repair.
Quetta’s residents, meanwhile, faced great difficulty in going about normal activities, including cooking food. “Every winter we face this problem when gas is desperately needed,” said a despairing resident Muhammad Babar. Most people went to work without even having breakfast and long queues were seen outside bread shops, he said.