ISLAMABAD - In a significant move designed to prevent fire related accidents in CNG fitted public transport, Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (Ogra) has finally withdrawn ban on the use of compressed natural gas (CNG) cylinders in public service vehicles (PSVs).
Well-informed sources told that a meeting of stakeholders was held here in the premises of Ogra under the chair Chairman Ogra Saeed Ahmed Khan. Representatives of transporters, and CNG association attended this important meeting besides Ogra officials.
The meeting has successfully resolved safety issues of CNG cylinders in public service vehicles (PSVs) following the success of negotiations held among regulator, transporters and CNG association.
According to sources, Ogra has finally withdrawn the ban that it had imposed on the use of CNG cylinders in public transport. However, now public transport is allowed to use only two CNG cylinders instead of three or more in the vehicle with effect to the decision of regulator. As per decision, installation of CNG cylinders in the vehicle would be beneath the last seat of the vehicle and pipe of the CNG cylinder would not be fixed inside the vehicle.
The sources also told that Ogra has dispatched a letter to the provinces pertaining withdrawal of ban, which the authority had earlier imposed on the use of CNG in the PSVs. “The Ogra has allowed the use of CNG in PSVs as per international and national safety rules.
Earlier, Chairman Ogra Saeed Ahmed Khan had directed the HDIP and Chief Inspector of Explosives (CIE) to come up with a sound and safe design as being departments responsible for design and installations of cylinders in PSVs. The chairman had also asked the CNG association besides HDIP and CIE to increase CNG vehicles certification and also the number of certifying workshops throughout the country. It was decided during the meeting that the HDIP should have at least one certifying workshop in each district and multiple in big cities.