Motorists spend hours in queues to get CNG


RAWALPINDI: A great rush is being witnessed at the Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) stations of the city after the government’s announcement to keep them open for six hours a day in Punjab.Motorists on Wednesday spent several hours in long queues on roads outside the filling stations, which opened from 10 am to 4 pm. It was the second consecutive day when the motorists were getting CNG after the decision to provide the fuel without any holiday.Hundreds of vehicles were lined up at the CNG stations near the Fauji Foundation Hospital Saddar, Murree Road and the Adiala Road stretching over more than one kilometre, affecting the flow of traffic. Majority of the vehicles were the public transport which succeeded in getting their cylinders filled and after which they came on their designated routes and started to charge exorbitant fares from the commuters.There were several views about the recent formula as some of the motorists criticised it saying that a six-hour period is not only insufficient but also uncomfortable for them to get CNG, as it is difficult for them to take a leave from their work. The worst sufferers are the office-goers, who are unable to get the CNG as they are only free on Saturday and Sunday.Some of the customers were happy to see the CNG stations functioning throughout the week without any holiday, citing that everyone should have a choice whether he wants CNG or petrol at the cost of time or money. A motorist, Babar Hussain, waiting in a queue at Chur Chowk expressed his anger over the mismanagement of the CNG stations for filling the cylinders in an un-organised manner. He alleged that some of the staff violated the queue of first come, first serve basis to mint extra money from the selected customers and public transport, which caused rush at the station.Another motorist, Amir Khan, filling CNG in his vehicle near the District Courts said that nowadays, time is money and he could not afford several hours to line-up for getting cheap fuel. 

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