Price reduction: 3 CNG stations sealed for violating SC order

One station was found selling CNG at the old price, the other two had refused to sell at the new rates.


Owais Jafri October 29, 2012

MULTAN: Three CNG stations in south Punjab were sealed and their gas connections were cut for not following orders of the Supreme Court of Pakistan.

The court had earlier taken matters into its own hands and declared “illegal” the existing formula of linking the review of CNG prices with oil prices. Shortly after the announcement, the Oil and Gas Regulation Authority (Ogra) issued a notification reducing CNG prices by over a whopping Rs30 – a 33% slash.

General Manager Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) Abdur Rasheed Arshad had issued a media notification that CNG stations found violating the orders would be sealed and gas connections would be suspended.

All stations boycotting the decision, covering premises with tents, selling CNG at old rates and not selling at new rates were included in this.

The sealed stations were located in Shah Rukn-e-Aalam Colony and near Vehari Square on Bahawalpur Road in Multan and one in district Muzaffargarh.

The first station was found selling CNG at the old price, the second and third had refused to sell at the new rates.

Arshad told The Express Tribune that the whole region was being monitored and a complaint centre had also been set up. No other cases have been reported from any district in south Punjab.

COMMENTS (5)

ahsan | 9 years ago | Reply SALAM. Hope you will be fine. Many of the CNG stations located on the Islamabad Highway are not giving CNG and giving lame excuses . TOday i went to three CNG Stations.And they all denied. Details of the CNG Stations are given below: 1.TM CNG ,Near Khanna Pull ,Islamabad Highway. Our machine is out of order. 2.AR Traders CNG,After Khanna Pul on ISlamabad Highway. Light is off. 3.Madina CNG. At the entrance of Gulzar-e-Quaid,On Airport Link Road. They are not following your orders as well as the order of Supreme Court. Please take appropriate action. Regards,
Jibran | 9 years ago | Reply

Why worry about a single CNG station selling gas at higher price? People can go to the next one in the neighborhood to get gas from. In free market, a single seller can't impose price, as he has to compete with others. However, he can use it as express lane, in case someone is willing to pay extra to get gas immediately. I don't see anything wrong here.

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