Winter is over. The daytime temperatures in Lahore are between 31 – 35 degrees Celsius.
We just celebrated Pakistan Day. It’s been 64 years since this country was born.
Fertilizer plants, cement factories, electrical power-producers and captive/self-owned power plants for textile units are all being supplied gas without any “load-shedding” or forced holidays.
So why are CNG stations in Punjab still being forced to close down for two days each week?
Last December SNGPL management declared that load-shedding at CNG stations would end on February 15th.
Last February our Prime Minister addressed the Federal Chamber of Commerce & Industry and declared that load-shedding at CNG stations would end on March 15th.
In the first week of March the Secretary to the Ministry of Petroleum (there is no Minister since Naveed Qamar was removed) declared that load-shedding at CNG stations would continue “to June 2011”.
Currently, there is no official decision or notification from the Economic Coordination Commission, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Industries, the Ministry of Petroleum or SNGPL stating that CNG stations have to close for load-shedding.
So why are CNG stations in Punjab still expected to close down for two days each week?
As of June 30th, 2010 natural gas costs the following to different types of businesses:
1) Independent Power Producers (for creating electricity) pay Rs 332.36 per MMBTU
2) Captive Power Producers (for creating electricity to run their own factories, ex. Generators owned and operated by a textile unit to power its own factories), Fertilizer plants and other Industrial concerns pay Rs 382.37 per MMBTU
3) Power stations owned by WAPDA and KESC pay Rs 393.79 per MMBTU
4) Ice Factories pay Rs 463.76 per MMBTU
5) CNG stations pay Rs 503.64 per MMBTU
6) Cement plants pay Rs 536.42 per MMBTU
So why are CNG stations paying the 2nd highest rate on OGRA’s tariff schedule to buy the natural gas they resell as automotive fuel to you?
What will you do when CNG stations are closed down permanently because there is a “shortage of gas” throughout the year? Will you pay double the cost of transportation because now you’re using Petrol or Diesel? What if you can’t afford it? Will you just lie down where you are, and wait to die?
I’d like to hear what you think. And no, I’m not for or against any political party or politician. I just want to know why you think this is happening and what you’re going to do about it.
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