ISLAMABAD - Despite having approval from former Prime Minister (PM) for almost eighty Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) stations, officials of Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) have declined to issue them marketing licences to start businesses, it is learnt reliably.

Though former Premiers Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani and Raja Pervez Ashraf approved policy, yet the regulatory authority (OGRA) has third time refused to issue marketing licences. Former PM Raja Pervez Ashraf on March 13 approved a summary of the ministry of petroleum & natural resources for new stations, sources said on Monday.

 Under the approved policy, all those CNG stations which have completed construction and machinery installed and have also tendered applications for the inspection to OGRA till December 29, 2012 are eligible to get licences. And, after getting licences these stations will then be able to get gas connections from both gas utilities Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) and Sui Southern Gas Company Limited (SSGCL).

Sources said the regulator despite the approval of PM formed a technical committee and the committees in spite of issuing licences have sought opinion and objections over the approved summary of petroleum ministry.

Chairman All Pakistan CNG Association has said that OGRA officials are blackmailing in the name of court. Refusal to the orders of PM is violation of ordinance section 4. Owing to ban on import of CNG kits, gas consumption would not go up with new stations but would decrease the number of long queues on CNG stations. He said affecttee owners of the stations have informed OGRA in this regard and if dispensation of justice not done then they would go for strict action in protest.