As the Compressed Natural Gas—CNG prices have surged across Pakistan, owing to that the public transport in the city remained scarce on the roads today.
The transporters union of Karachi announced to go on a strike from Tuesday over an anticipated price surge of CNG by Rs.18 in the province of Sindh. Later, the hike in CNG prices increased to Rs.20 per kilogram, hence bringing the price to Rs.123 per kilogram.
The public is witnessing massive difficulties for reaching their workplaces and institutions owing to fewer buses in the metropolis.
Awais Shah—the Sindh Transport Minister on Monday called on the federal government for ending sales tax on CNG. He also said in a statement that the decision of surging the sales tax on CNG would lead to surging the public transport fares.
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Shah said that the decision would be bringing a new wave of inflation as the increase in CNG prices would finally be resulting in the surge in fares in Sindh.
The minister said that the province of Sindh is producing gas more than any other province and asked the PTI led federal government to take back its decision.
The Pakistan People’s Party—PPP would provide support to the transporters if they start any drive against the federal government, the transportation minister warned.