Talking to media President Karachi Transport Itehad (KTI) Irshad Bukhari said their business is badly affected by two-day weekly CNG closure, adding that transporters would register their protest by observing strike today (Saturday).
He said that the government decision of two-day weekly CNG loadshedding would severely affect the transport as 60 percent of the public transport vehicles converted to CNG would not be able to ply on the roads.
“The transporters will never convert their vehicles from CNG to diesel,” he said.
As per announced schedule of Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC),all CNG stations remain closed.
Meanwhile, Federal Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Dr Asim has said that all the CNG stations will have to be closed in January as the country was mired by acute gas shortage.
The closures of CNG stations come in the wake of an agreement signed on November 26 at the Sindh Governor House among representatives of the KCCI, KESC and SSGC calling for a 48-hour-a-week suspension of the gas supply to the CNG stations in the province.
The agreement, however, did not come into effect until last week. The two-day-a-week suspension of the CNG supply in the province is expected to last until the end of January when a change in the weather is expected to take some of the pressure on the gas distribution system off, while at the same time an additional 100 MMCFD of gas from Kunnar Pasakhi field would be available to the SSGC.