As the sector plays a vital role in the local economy
Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani supports non-stop CNG loading in Pakistan
After meeting with the delegation of All Pakistan CNG Association (APCNGA) in Islamabad, the official ordered the Ministry of Petroleum to supply uninterrupted natural gas to the NGV industry and import machinery of hydrogen-CNG (HCNG) at zero duty to meet the demand of vehicles.
According to Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani, the CNG market is playing a vital role in Pakistan’s economy and government will resolve its issues on priority. Therefore, he accepted all APCNGA recommendations and proposals and issued immediate orders, such as the launching of APCNGA’s safety checking campaign to prevent accidents.
The prime minister also directed to implement 3rd January meeting decisions, including rollback of FIRs (First Information Report) on APCNGA leaders, reduction in gas load shedding for natural gas vehicles sector, reduction in tax and no further taxes and other issues, reported Pakistan’s Online International News Network.
Finally, Gillani ordered that the gas fields, which can only be used by the CNG sector such as Shell, Dormant and Flair gas, should be dedicated to the NGV industry and ordered to import HCNG at zero duty to fill 20 percent gas demand of natural gas vehicles.
The official’s decisions were made after the government intended to place some restrictions on the sector due to inadequate awareness and incorrect perceptions about CNG cylinders. Malicious media persisted in reporting that the accidents occurred due to bursting/explosion of the cylinders, when actually all CNG incidents to date could have been prevented if suitable precautions had been in place and the systems were fitted and inspected by qualified personnel.