RY Khan blast aftermath : Gas crisis hits consumers hard in twin cities

* Supply to CNG stations to remain suspended today to facilitate domestic consumers
RY Khan blast aftermath :  Gas crisis hits consumers hard in twin cities

RAWALPINDI: Gas consumers on Monday continued to bear the brunt of the activity carried out in Rahim Yar Khan on Sunday night by miscreants who blowing up three main supply lines, as low gas pressure affected domestic as well commercial users.
A majority of office-goers and students left their homes in the morning without breakfast because the flame in stoves was insufficient to make tea. 
The residents in the twin cities and various parts of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa reportedly faced difficulties in cooking food and keeping rooms warm in the prevailing cold weather.
Restaurant owners and staff have been complaining of low gas pressure throughout the day while serving half-baked ‘Roti’ (bread) and improper cooked-dishes to consumers despite using wooden fuel, which also became rare in such a situation, costing Rs 700 to Rs 1,000 per 40 kilogrammes.
Talking to APP, Muhammad Tariq, a resident of Peoples Colony, said his children had breakfast with cold bread and milk due to insufficient gas pressure, adding and he went to office without eating anything.
Javed Shahzad, a resident of Churr locality, also shared almost similar problems for the same reason.
When contacted, SNGPL spokesman Shahid Akram told APP that complaints were being received from different areas of Rawalpindi and Islamabad, Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa about low gas pressure.
Admitting the problems being faced by consumers, he said the damaged pipelines were being repaired and the consumers would hopefully start getting normal gas pressure within the next 24 to 36 hours. He advised consumers to take extra care while using gas appliances until complete restoration of the damaged pipelines to avoid any incident. 
Meanwhile, all the compressed natural gas (CNG) filling stations in the Potohar region would remain closed today (Tuesday) due to low gas pressure caused by damage to 
three main pipelines near Rahim Yar Khan.
Shahid Ikram said that the three damaged pipelines – of 16-inche, 18-inche and 24-inche diameters – supplied millions of cubic feet of natural gas per day (MMCFD) to the Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited.
The incident has also disrupted the gas load management schedule of the SNGPL, so it had decided to suspend supply of gas to CNG stations, he said.
The spokesman said, “The SNGPL is trying its best to manage uninterrupted gas supply to the customers of Potohar region, who are facing chilly weather conditions.”
To manage the gas load, lost due to pipeline rupture, the SNGPL has announced to close all CNG stations in Potohar region for 24 hours. They would hopefully reopen on Wednesday after repair of damaged pipelines.  
The SNGPL management has requested its domestic, commercial and industrial customers to curtail the use of gas else everybody would receive low-pressure gas.

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