ISLAMABAD: The decision for closure of CNG stations in the capital has turned out to be futile as the low gas pressure problem continuing to persist and affecting commercial activities, depriving hundreds of people of their livelihood. It is disturbing businesses such as bakeries and restaurants in the federal capital.
The shopkeepers and residents while talking to APP said that the government should chalk out a plan for the smooth natural gas supply to domestic consumers.
Jahageer Khan, a tandoor owner at Farooqia Market F-6/1 said that due to low gas pressure they were compelled to use Liquefied Natural Gas (LPG) or firewood for continuing their business.
Parvez Khokhar, who runs a catering business, said lack of gas meant loss of business. He said that he had a commercial meter but due to the low gas pressure, he had switched to LPG.”I have to meet deadlines so I have to use the expensive fuel (LPG) to meet orders. The low gas pressure badly affecting my business, he said, but if I refuse orders, it would be detrimental for my business,” he added.
A restaurant owner in Super Market said that the winter was high time for restaurant business as many people visit the Bazaar for Samosa, Halwa Puri, Kashmiri Tea, Chicken Corn Soup and other products but we have failed to serve them hot food, as the gas pressure was too low.
An official of SNGPL said the problem was due to the difference in demand and supply. He said SNGPL teams would check the problems of affected areas and would soon resolve the issues.
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