The All Pakistan CNG Association (APCNGA) has demanded that filling stations dispensing CNG in Sindh and Punjab should be allowed to operate round-the-clock because the current 12-hour schedule was not acceptable to them.
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The CNG stations in Punjab and Sindh have not even remained open for 40 hours over the past weeks adversely affecting 300,000 jobs. Therefore, non-stop operations for a full year should be allowed for the stations, said APCNGA’s Central Chairman Ghiyas Abdullah Paracha in a statement.
According to the statement the closure of CNG stations results in increased oil import bill, causing substantial losses to CNG operators, with the government also losing sizeable revenue. Therefore the gas companies should immediately open CNG stations in Punjab and Sindh for non-stop operation. Mr Paracha claimed that CNG stations remained open during the wintertime in the past five years, but in this winter season the stations were closed which was unjustified.
Mr Paracha said that even though Sindh is a gas- and oil-producing province, the CNG stations were closed which was unconstitutional and also created anxiety among CNG operators and the general public. Such decisions are harmful to the economy and for those relying on economical and clean fuel as many jobs are lost, he said.