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OGRA warns CNG station owners against closure

The Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) on Saturday issued a warning to owners of CNG stations who had stopped selling CNG, informing them that their gas connections would be suspended if they failed to resume operations.
A private TV channel quoted OGRA sources as saying that CNG sale could not be brought to a standstill when electricity and gas were being duly provided. They added that halting the sale of CNG would be considered illegal, adding that such stations would lose their gas connections. The sources also said the required data to apprehend those violating OGRA directives would be obtained from the Sui Southern Gas Company Limited (SSGCL) and Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL).
According to the Supreme Court’s directives, CNG station owners have been bound to sell CNG at the current rates until November 19, which is also the date of the next hearing of the case on CNG prices. The All Pakistan CNG Association has dissociated itself from the closure of CNG stations.
Ghias Abdullah Paracha, central chairman of the association, said closure of CNG stations were acts of individual station owners. Meanwhile, people were facing great difficulty in obtaining CNG after a large number of stations were closed in several cities. Many CNG stations in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa also remained closed. Since Friday midnight, CNG stations were closed down in Swat and in Mansehra, while CNG station owners in Faisalabad also decided to keep their outlets closed. According to sources, CNG stations owners have decided to stop the CNG sales until November 19.
CNG Association Punjab President Shuja Anwer said the government could not force them to continue a business of loss.



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