LAHORE – The CNG stations which were supposed to open on Thursday (today) are likely to remain closed throughout week in the City.
One can see dozens of passengers standing and waiting for local transport at every bus stop. These vehicles can be seen after at least half an hour at Canal Road, Jail Road, Ferozpur Road, Wahdat Road. However, as many as 85,000 Chingchi rickshaws are running in majority of city’s routes. It is worth mentioning that Lahore Transport Company, which monitors urban transport sector in Lahore, has nothing to do but to accumulate funds in shape of heavy challans of rickshaws and vans.
Interestingly, they take no action against any overloaded buses of the private companies.
On the other side, the SNGPL, so far, has not announced any schedule for the opening of the CNG stations in Lahore region. The gas stations faced closure during all past week as well, however, they were opened on Sunday for a single day. The company says that increasing demand in domestic sector and a sudden fault appeared in Malamzai Gas field are the two main reasons behind the closure of pumps. The glitch in Malamzai Gas Field has caused further 75 million cubic feet gas to run out of the system. The CNG stations in Faisalabad, Bahawalpur and Rawalpindi regions were scheduled to open from Wednesday; however, SNGPL announced to close down gas supply to the CNG stations in these regions owing to the shortage. The CNG stations will not be opened in other regions of the province including Lahore as well till Sunday, said sources.