Gas crisis in twin cities takes heavy toll on citizens

Gas crisis in twin cities takes heavy toll on citizens

ISLAMABAD: Gas crisis is taking its toll on residents in twin cities – Rawalpindi and Islamabad – particularly in sectors F, G, H and I where the supply pressure is next to none, prompting serious problems for homemakers.
While in Rawalpindi the situation is such that the domestic stoves have no gas. Several residents said they thought of using Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) as an alternative but unable to afford it.
The routine life of residents is extremely perturbed due to the shortage of gas in the twin cities.
Non-availability of gas is compelling people to bring breakfast from open hearth (tandoors) , bakeries and hotels.
“In our locality, we have been facing low gas pressure, making it difficult for us to do routine work in time and sometime we send children to schools without breakfast”, Omera Taj a resident of sector G9 said. 
Residents of G7, G8, G9 and I10 also expressed serious concern over low gas pressure in their areas as a result of which the people in general and housewives in particular are facing multiple problems.
There were reports of low gas pressure in areas including Dhari Hassanabad, Dhoke Khabba, Qasimabad, Muslim Town, Khurram Colony, Chungi Number 8, Tench Bhatta, People`s Colony, Dhok Khala Khan, Sadiqabad, Satelite town, and Dhoke Saydan.
Talking to Daily Times, residents of twin cities said they were facing great hardships due to non-availability of gas, but the government has failed to resolve the problem. 
According to them, the government was only trying to save itself and did not care about the public. They said that women were unable to cook food due to shortage of gas. They said they could not afford to buy food from hotels every day or purchase costly LPG and firewood for cooking food. Mian Ahsan, a resident of I8 said that dangerous situation prevailed in the country, but the government was not serious in resolving people’s problems.
He demanded of the authorities concerned to take notice of the situation and take effective measures for smooth supply of gas to their homes.
However, sources with in SNGPL said Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) under a pre-planned agenda was not providing gas to the residents of twin cities. They said that SNGPL was resorting to this tactic to reduce gas pressure to almost zero in the majority of areas in order to make its case stronger against the Islamabad High Court (IHC) decision regarding provision of CNG to motorists three days a week.

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