Lahore - A good news for middle class motorists that Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) would be available from Friday (today) throughout Punjab province including Lahore. Thousands of daily wagers, who remained unemployed during closure of CNG for the past seven months, would once again resume their jobs on CNG stations.

Negotiations between officials of Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) and Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Association proved successful, assuring to reopen CNG stations in Punjab on late Friday.

According to the former chairman All Pakistan CNG Association Ghias Abdullah Paracha, an official announcement regarding the restoration of CNG supply in Punjab would be made. He further confirmed that the SNGPL has allowed the station owners to reopen after the advance payment after the gap of almost seven months.

According to details, the dialog between minister of Petroleum Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and CNG association officials ended successfully as the officials agree to end the boycott of CNG in Punjab.

The CNG station will be opened for two days in a week while the scheduled would be change later this year. Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) officials however said that all CNG stations would start supply in a couple of days. They said that there was no issue of weather, therefore, they have decided to start CNG supply again. “Initially, we would open CNG stations only two days in a week,” he claimed.

Ghayas Abdullah Piracha appreciated the reopening of CNG stations. He said CNG closure in Punjab amounts to economic murder of millions of families. Rejecting such kinds of decisions, he said they would never accept a move aimed at pleasing few influential.

 CNG owners have been pushed to the wall and they are selling their assets to remain afloat, which cannot be tolerated any further, he warned.

The other leaders of the CNG sector said that we will go to any extent to get our rights which will save investments worth billions and hundreds of thousands of jobs.

They said that government neither provided gas for motorists nor for domestic users throughout winter season. According to statistics Pakistan has 3.5 million private vehicles running on CNG, more than 80 per cent of the vehicles in the country. But Pakistan’s gas infrastructure can’t support this demand of the CNG stations, vehicles, domestic usage and industry.