ISLAMABAD - The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday directed Managing Director (MD) Sui Northern Gas Pipeline Limited (SNGPL) to submit gas load management plan for industry and CNG sector before the court.

A single bench of IHC comprising Justice Athar Minallah issued these directions while hearing the writ petitions of 314 CNG stations of Potohar region.

The petitioners have adopted before the court that the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources has been treating CNG sector in a discriminating way when they had been providing gas to the other industrial sector sane CNG.

They added that this discrimination is not only unconstitutional but a violation of fundamental rights. It was on December 04 when the same IHC bench while directing SNGPL not to disconnect the connections of 314 CNG gas stations, had sought reply from the ministry of petroleum and natural resources.

The counsels for SNGPL Ali Rukh and Hafeezullah Yaqoob on the other hand informed the court that the prevalent situation is due to a huge gap in demand and supply. SNGPL has a priority list and the first priority is domestic consumers.

They further said that under the contract the CNG station owners signed while applying for the gas connection, the SNGPL has the right to interrupt supply of gas to them at any point of time.

The counsels said that the gas load management issue has already been discussed by the IHC Justice Riaz Ahmed Khan in 2011 on the identical petitions.

However, Justice Athar Minallah directed the MD SNGPL to submit gas load management plan to CNG and industrial sector.

In another separate matter, the same IHC directed Inspector General (IG) Islamabad police and ministry of interior to submit five years audit report of the amount that Islamabad Traffic Police (ITP) collected in the form of fines imposed on traffic rules violators.

IHC bench issued these directions after ITP officials claimed before the IHC that in order to improve the performance of traffic police an incentive was announced for the traffic cops that 25 per cent from the fine amount would be given to them.

However, they added that no amount was given to them and it was spent to cover miscellaneous expenditures.