Fed up with the constant suspension of gas supply to CNG stations, owners of public transport vehicles have decided to go on strike after Ashura.
Karachi Transport Ittehad (KTI) will meet after Muharram 10 to discuss the issue. Sui Southern Gas Company frequently announces the closure of CNG stations in Karachi due to curtailed supply from different gas fields. “We are running our businesses 15 days a month because of the two-day CNG suspension each week,” said the association’s vice president, Tawab Khan.
He said that this week will be particularly bad for business as CNG stations will be closed on Wednesday and Thursday, after which they will be flooded by vehicles on Friday. The business will remain slow for the next three days because of Muharram processions. Khan said that they were supposed to go on strike this week, but they postponed it due to Ashura.
CNG stations to be shut for 48 hours
Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) has announced that all CNG stations in Sindh will be closed for 48 hours from November 21, 9 am to November 23, 9 am. The decision has been taken because of a shortage in supply. According to a press release by the utility, all CNG associations and gas stations will be monitored by SSGC’s teams and stations operating during the shutdown period will have their gas supply disconnected for another 24 hours.
With Additional Input from PPI
Published in The Express Tribune, November 21st, 2012.