Islamabad: Ch. Ahmad Mukhtar Minister Defence, Syed Naveed Qamar Minister for Water and Power, Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah Minister for Religious Affairs, Mian Manzoor Ahmad Wattoo Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan, senior officers of Cabinet Division, Finance Division, Industries Division, Water and Power Division and Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources attended the meeting.
Dr. Asim Hussain briefed the committee regarding existing gas supply and demand situation in the country. Managing Directors of SNGPL and SSGCL provided detailed presentations to the committee via video conferencing.
The committee was informed that presently there is a shortfall of approximately 1.1 bcfd in the country as the demand of natural gas has increased 3 to 4 times in winters as compared to summers. During the first week of January 2012 SNGPL is facing a total shortfall of 735 mmcfd, while as SSGC has a shortfall of 376 mmcfd.
Committee members deliberated upon the existing gas load management during the winter 2011-12 including gas supply to various sectors including the domestic, industrial, CNG, Fertilizer, Textile and the Commercial Sectors. The Committee members unanimously agreed that domestic consumers should be provided natural gas on top priority.
The Committee members agreed that workable solutions are to be forwarded to the Cabinet so that relief is provided to all stakeholders. The issue of Gas shortage should not be politicized and the opposition should provide plausible suggestions to overcome the gas shortfall.
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