QUETTA: Irked at the drastic fall in utility gas pressure after the onset of intensely cold weather here, Quetta citizens took to the streets and blocked traffic in protest against the government.
The protesters said they have been facing hardships in the biting cold because of low gas pressure in the areas near the Airport road and Almoon Chowk.
The issues of a gas shortage, low gas pressure and load-shedding have hit most parts of the country with an increase in demand of the commodity owing to the cold conditions as people have cranked up heaters to stave off cold.
According to a report, a sudden drop in temperature across the country has deepened the ongoing gas crisis as the total shortfall surged to 600 million metric cubic feet a day (MMCFD) that may force the Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) and Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) to curtail the supply to sectors other than domestic consumers.
The shortfall has affected not only the supply to domestic consumers but also to the Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) sector for the past several days.