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Govt to support APCNGA in LNG import

Govt to support APCNGA in LNG import

LAHORE: Federal Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Monday said government will extend help to All Pakistan CNG Association (APCNGA) to realise its plan to import LNG which will mitigate energy crisis.

He said that government will seriously consider allocation of gas quota to CNG stations, reduce gas loadshedding in Punjab and Sindh and stop theft and misuse of natural gas. Government will hire a third party to reduce complaints of overbilling, bringing an end to practice of double taxation.

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said this while meeting a high-powered delegation led by Ghiyas Abdullah Paracha, Chairman Supreme Council APCNGA and Central Chairman Abid Hayat. Regional Chairmen APCNGA hailing from all provinces were also present on the occasion.

The Minister asked the delegation for implementable suggestions for a new gas load management schedule and assured resolution of all just demands of the CNG sector.

He said that gas is being sold at highest prices to the SNG sector which is paying highest taxes which government will consider reducing.

Earlier, Ghiyas Paracha briefed the meeting about problems faced by the CNG sector, issues regarding gas loadshedding in Sindh and Punjab, issues with Ogra and gas companies and matters pertaining to taxation.

He said that some influentials get gas connection for one purpose and use it for another which if barred would reduce gas crisis by 25 per cent.

The leader of the CNG sector said that allocating gas quota to the CNG filling stations across the stretch of country will reduce losses of operators and save masses from waiting for hours in queues.

The minister heard all the demands of CNG association patiently and assured resolution of all the outstanding issues of the CNG sector.