ISLAMABAD - Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL), Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) and the Water and Power Ministry have announced that there will be no loadshedding during the Eidul Azha days.

In order to facilitate the people on Eidul Azha, SNGPL and SSGC on Saturday announced that there would be a continuous supply of the compressed natural gas (CNG) to filling stations from October 14 to October 20. As industries will remain closed during Eid holidays, CNG consumers of the country would get CNG following the decision by both the state-owned gas companies.

Ghayas Abdullah Paracha, chairman, All Pakistan CNG Association (APCNGA), welcomed the move and said, "The government has given the CNG consumers a big Eid gift.”

Similarly, the government also announced there would be no power loadshedding during the Eid days. As per the announcement of the Water and Power Ministry, there would no loadshedding on October 16 and 17 and the continued supply of power would be ensured by alerting the staff to meet the emergency-like situation. Water and Power Secretary Saif Ullah Chathha has advised the power distributing companies (Discos) to ensure uninterrupted power supply on the Eid days and keep the staff ready to immediately cope with any emergency.

A senior official at the Water and Power Ministry said this decision would not be applicable to Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) and it would issue its own schedule for the Eid holidays. Official sources in Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (Ogra) also disclosed to this scribe that several teams of the enforcement division of the regulatory body would conduct surprise raids on different filling stations during Eid days.

These surprise raids would be conducted for continued supply of fuel to the masses.  The official sources, while giving details of the filling station owners’ plunder, said they leave no stone unturned to fleece the consumers with certain greedy measures and their greed increases on holy days and holidays.

He added, “The Ogra teams, by checking hoarding, artificial price hike and shortage of petroleum products, would ensure incessant availability of fuel at prescribed prices at the stations.

The common man, angry with yesterday’s decision of a massive price hike, has welcomed the decision of no power and CNG outages on Eid days. They lauded the move though they were badly irritated by the unscheduled long-hour power loadshedding and days-long CNG cuts in the country. They were of the view that they could not afford unscheduled hours-long power loadshedding and demanded production of inexpensive power tapping cheap resources of the country.

Urging the government to ensure only scheduled power loadshedding and a limited CNG closure, they also sought concrete steps to check price hike. They demanded withdrawal of the colossal 40-176 percent power tariff hike for all domestic and agri consumers of the country, which has been made effective from October 1.