ISLAMABAD: Long queues of vehicles at compressed natural gas (CNG) stations continue to annoy commuters, halting traffic, especially on busy roads.
The twin cities witness long queues of vehicles thrice a week as the gas has turned into a rare commodity, disturbing routine life.
The filling stations are operating only three days a week in the Potohar region, causing low gas pressure and traffic jams, as taxis and commercial vehicles start thronging the filling stations from Monday night to get their share.
Long queues can be witnessed at certain places, especially at filling stations situated on one of the twin cities’ main roads of IJP, Islamabad Highway and other roads, causing inconvenience to the commuters in the form of traffic jams.
“Though these queues cause inconvenience to commuters, we are happy to see the reopening of CNG stations, as people cannot afford to run vehicle on petrol,” said Muhammad Khan, a taxi driver.
Despite claims that domestic consumers would have uninterrupted gas supply, the residents of the twin cities continue to complain of low to zero gas pressure in certain localities.
“Our life is miserable, we cannot cook anything at homes. Our routine has been affected. How can we send our children to schools without breakfast? The government should take measures for rectifying the situation,” said Ahmed Bhatti, a resident.
He said residents had to stand in long queues to get food from restaurants and tandoors during breakfast and dinner timings.
Similarly, another resident, Zahoor Ahmed, said the low gas pressure had multiplied the miseries of the people in most of the areas, compelling them to use firewood or LPG to fulfil their household needs.
“ Our routine has been adversely affected due to low pressure of gas, especially in the morning and evening, when the pressure reduces to the minimum and it became too difficult for the people to cook,” he observed.
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