Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) administration took serious notice of the low gas pressure issue in the capital city—Islamabad on Wednesday and instructed for closing the CNG stations for ten hours daily for facilitating the local users.
Captain Mushtaq Ahmed (Retd.)—Deputy Commissioner released a notification as per it— an extensive amount of CNG is being used as a fuel for automobiles which in turn is leading to the gas shortage for the local consumers.
The notification further added that there are enough resources for acting under the Section 144 of CrPC from restricting the use of the CNG as a fuel for automobiles at specific times in the profit and regional limitations of the Islamabad district.
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It added that for providing relief to the public in large this decision is necessary to be implemented.
Under Section 144 of CrPC the district magistrate, exercising his powers has prohibited the selling of CNG at the gas stations from 5:00 am to 10:00 pm and from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm. The order would be put in effect from today that is the 28th of December 2017 and shall continue to be in effect for a period span of two months.
One of the officials reported that a team of ICT would be keeping a close watch on the entire situation and would be taking notice and action against the ones who violate the ruling.
It is important to mention that there a total of eighty-eight CNG stations in the federal capital—Islamabad.
Ghiyas Paracha—Chairman All Pakistan CNG Association mentioned that they think the decision taken by the Islamabad administration is not needed and wrong for suspending the CNG supply at gas stations during the provided time slots.
He added that the administration did not contact the Sui Northern Gas Company Limited, Ministry of Petroleum and association before taking the verdict.