ISLAMABAD: Coupled with cold wave hitting the twin cities, the current bout of low to zero gas pressure has made the life miserable for the residents.
The total consumption of domestic consumers of the twin cities stands at 100 million cubic feet per day (mmcfd) in the summer season, while during the winters, it goes up to 280mmcfd.
Among other areas, Sectors G7, I10 and G8 in Islamabad and Khyaban-e-Sir Syed, Sadiqabad, Police Foundation and Airport Housing Scheme in Rawalpindi were experiencing low to zero gas pressure these days, badly affecting the routine schedule of the residents.
The issue of low gas pressure caught the residents by surprise, as the official quarters this season had been making claims that the domestic sector had been placed at the top of the priority list of gas distribution, and that several measures were being perused to materialise the plan.
“Our life is miserable. We cannot cook anything at homes. Our routine has been adversely affected. How can we send our children to schools without breakfast,” said Akhtar, a resident of Sector G-7. He said that the government should take measure for rectifying the low gas issue. He said that residents had to stand in long queues to get food from restaurants and tandoors during breakfast and dinner timings.
Similarly, another resident, Gul Akhtar, of Sector I10 said the low gas pressure had multiplied for people in most areas, compelling them to use firewood or LPG to fulfil their chores.
“Our routine is badly affected due to low pressure of gas, especially in the morning and evening. It becomes too difficult for the people to even cook food,” he observed.
Naqeebullah, a resident of the Airport Housing Scheme, said it was really annoying for people who were in a hurry to start their daily activities in the morning but could not get breakfast ready on time due to low gas pressure.
An SNGPL spokesman said that a team had been constituted to visit the affected areas, and that the consumers should cooperate with them and avoid unnecessary use of gas appliances when there was low gas pressure.
To a question, he said the issue was temporary and gas pressure would improve with the rise in temperature in the coming months.
He was of the view that residents were facing the issue of low gas pressure as Islamabad and Rawalpindi were lying at the tail of the system.
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