LAHORE - The SNGPL, in its massive crackdown against gas thieves, has disconnected over 18,600 consumers in two month (July and August 2013), and detected theft exceeding Rs2.5 billion.

The spokesperson of Sui Northern Gas Pipeline Limited said that action saved over 4,500 Million Cubic Feet of natural gas.  The consumer wise breakup of disconnections include 17,514 domestic, 1209 commercial, 55 industrial and 68 special domestic cases.  “The Company has so far recovered over Rs124 million and efforts are underway to recover the rest through the available legal framework. FIR’s have been lodged and numbers of culprits have been arrested so far.”

 The spokesperson added that it had only been made possible through hectic round-the-clock efforts of the Company employees, coupled with support of the various federal and provincial government law enforcement departments.

The prominent industries found involved in gas theft in Lahore included, according to the SNGPL, Al-Amin Dyeing and Finishing Industry, Sh. Mansoor Steel Re Rolling Mills, Malik Steel Re Rolling Mills, Amar Brothers Steel Re Rolling Mills, Pak Re Rolling Mills, Muhammad Shahzad Water Heating,  Liaqat Steel RR, Imran Nimco, Pak Panther Spinning Mills, Tariq Aziz Box, etc. The prominent industries caught in gas theft in Sheikhupura included Madina Paper Board Mill, Hassan Board, KaramAaz Glass, etc. Such industries in Faisalabad included Makkah Wood Industry, Orient Coating & Finishing Mills, Khawar Saleem Plastic Works, Punjab Industries, Butt Glass Works and others.