171 vehicles challaned over substandard CNG cylinders

KARACHI: Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Ahmad Siddiqui said in a move against public transporters using sub-standard and expired Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) cylinders, 171 vehicles were challaned with imposition of fine of Rs 1,15,800 for violation of related law while 15 cylinders have been removed and seized.
Talking to secretary Regional Transport Authority (RTA) and concerned officials on especial meeting after CNG cylinder blast in public transport, he directed to make checking of vehicles more effective for safety of human lives.
He urged transporters to remove such CNG cylinders, which did not qualify the set standards, being used after passing of expiry date or installed at prohibited points in vehicles for the safety of passengers.
Secretary RTA Manshad Ali briefed the meeting assistant commissioners, in charge traffic sections and officials of Hydrocarbon Development Institute were taking part in action, that was vigorously being carried out in the metropolis. 
Call for ban on filling CNG without fitness certificate: Acting President of the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI), Muhammad Idrees expressing deep concern over loss of precious lives due to blast in CNG cylinder of a bus at Rashid Minhas Road demanded ban should be imposed on filling CNG in those buses, which were not bearing fitness certificates.
In a statement issued, he said people were dying in such CNG blasts due to lack of maintenance by transporters but the concerned authorities were not paying any attention to this issue and lives of millions of people including men, women, children and senior citizens were at stake as they travel in these dilapidated buses every day. 

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