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Governor rejects month-long CNG shutdown

Karachi: Governor Sindh Dr Ishrat Ul Ebad Khan has said the province will not see a month-long shutdown of CNG stations and any future shutdowns will occur as per an agreement in this regard.

He assured all stakeholders on Monday that the CNG stations would be closed only once a week in accordance with his agreement with them. Ebad held out the assurance in a meeting with representatives of the CNG Owners Association at the Governor House.

He expressed concern over the recent incidents of explosions of gas cylinders, and called for efforts to prevent such incidents for occurring. Officials from the association responded by saying that the explosions had occurred primarily due to the substandard fitting of CNG kits, and not because of problems with the cylinder itself. They stressed that the best way to curb such accidents was by preventing unlicensed individuals from installing CNG kits.

They observed that it was possible to get a CNG kit installed in almost any nook and cranny of the province, which, he said, led to a lack of quality control in the installation process. The association demanded the closure of such unauthorised shops, citing them as being responsible for such explosions.

Meanwhile, the governor said the current gas supply shortage was expected to be overcome after the high-demand winter season. He assured the stakeholders that the administrations of 465 CNG stations would be provided with full protection. The governor said the CNG issue was an important one as it related to the environment.

For more information, contact:
Sindh Governor House
Syed Wajahat Ali
Press Secretary to Governor
Tel: 99201217, 99201201-3
Email: press_secretary@governorsindh.gov.pk

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