As part of efforts to conserve fuel amidst a gruelling energy crisis, the government on Tuesday banned the use of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) for private vehicles with over 1,000cc engines.
Prime Minister Justice (retd) Mir Hazar Khan Khoso ordered petrol stations not to cater to or fill CNG in vehicles that fall in the specified category.
Khoso directed the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources to consult the law ministry for the implementation of these decisions, which after being vetted, would come into force effective May 25, 2013.
A press release issued by the PM Office stated, “The prime minister is concerned and conscious that this cheap mode of transport primarily meant for low and middle income groups has been excessively abused by vehicles of more than 1,000cc.” These instructions shall not be applicable on public transport as defined in the West Pakistan Public Transport Act 1961, the statement added.
Furthermore, the premier approved that any petrol pump found violating these instructions shall be fined for the first offence with Rs50,000; Rs100,000 for repeated offence and violation, while the CNG pump in question shall be sealed for a minimum period of six months if found in violation for a third time.
PM Khoso approved the instructions in order to restrict the use of CNG for private transport in view of the acute shortage of the commodity and to ensure its gainful value for sectors like power, industry, fertiliser and domestic consumption.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 22nd, 2013.