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Minister agrees to consider changes in CNG stations’ schedule: Paracha

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has agreed in principle to consider change in schedule for CNG filling stations in Punjab to provide relief to the masses, said Ghiyas Abdullah Paracha, Chairman Supreme Council of the All Pakistan CNG Association (APCNGA), on Saturday.
Details in this regard would be worked out in a meeting of APCNGA delegation with the Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Ltd (SNGPL) on May 7, he said in a statement here.
Paracha said the association had pursued the ministry to change the schedule as the hot-day timing from 10 am to 4 pm was not suitable for CNG filling in the summer. Moreover, the stations remained closed for two-three hours during the period due to the electricity load shedding, he added.
He said during the month of Ramazan, the problems of the people would further increase, when temperature would be at peak.
He said the association had suggested to the ministry to allow opening stations from midnight or early in the morning. This would save the vehicle owners waiting in queues from scorching heat. Moreover, it would particularly facilitate people working in offices and engaged in pick and drop service, including school duties.
The APCNGA had also proposed that either public transport and private vehicles should queued in different lines at stations to get gas, or on different days or time, he added.
Paracha said the CNG stations would continue to serve the people during power load shedding if their operators were allowed to run diesel generators, which would have a little impact on the price. He, however, said uninterrupted electricity supply should be ensured during specified hours. 
He said the CNG supply schedule as per their demands would reduce the problems of by half. He, however, added that the association would not support opening of CNG stations from 6 pm to 10pm, which were the peak hours for electricity demand and the government also wanted to conserve energy during that time.
He said the CNG filling seven days a week since April 1 had reduced the oil import bill, besides decreasing air pollution. The owners of commercial vehicles had been benefited the most, he added.
He said now fares of public service vehicles could be reduced, which would directly affect millions of commuters.
Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi had been striving to accommodate all the gas-consuming sectors in the available resources, he added.

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