All Pakistan CNG Association (APCNGA) has demanded of the government to withdraw increase in CNG prices and the decision to stop filling CNG in commercial vehicles otherwise, their strike would continue for indefinite period.
Addressing a press conference here on Sunday, the President of the association, Ghyas Paracha said that that government’s decision is unjustified and is a bid to scuffle the consumers and CNG sector.
He said that government is planning to promote LPG and LNG over CNG in the country to benefit few blue-eyed persons.
Ghyas Paracha said that currently 25 mmcfd gas pack is available which is according to the government compulsion and if government enhanced 40 mmcfd pressure in the system then issue of low gas pressure would be ended.
He said that according to the data provided by the SNGPL on November 30, 2639 mmcfd gas was available in the system while on December 30, 2823 mmcfd pressure was in the system which is more than the compulsion of the government.
Ghyas Paracha said complete strike is being observed in the entire country as out of 2,300 CNG stations 2,250 stations are closed in Punjab while out of 18, 17 stations are closed in Balochistan.
He said that few stations are providing services owned by Shell, Caltex and other companies.
The APCNGA Chairman alleged that the Petroleum Minister is misleading the nation and is paving way to promote LPG and LNG in the country. He said that present situation is the outcome of the ineligibility of the Federal Petroleum.
He said that not a single incident of gas cylinder blast in vehicles happened in the country since the introduction of CNG but how come more than a dozen incidents of gas cylinders blasts happened within a short span of time.
He said that some industrialists and the Federal Petroleum Minister were trying to kill the CNG sector through such tactics.
He said that imported LPG is much expensive than petrol then why the government is reluctant to use petrol rather LPG or LNG.
He said that APCNGA decision to go on strike is to provide relief to the public and also to generate revenue for the government.
He alleged that OGRA is not an autonomous body and is working under the directives of Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources.
Ghyas Paracha demanded of the government to give three months period to the commercial vehicles for filling CNG.
He also said that they would give tough time to the government in this situation and would take all steps to save business in the country.