Gas shortage worsens in Peshawar

PESHAWAR: Residents of the provincial capital are facing many problems due to the shortage of Sui gas but the authorities concerned are less concerned with alleviating their suffering.

Residents of the Peshawar cantonment have complained that they have faced a suspension of natural gas for the past four days.

Residents of Mall Road, Rafiqi Lane, Super Market and Askari-II on Bara Road complained that gas was not being supplied by the main pipeline for reasons best known to Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL).

“We have faced low gas pressure issues every year in winter and use LPG cylinders to prepare food. However, this year the situation has been exacerbated as the gas supply has been completely cut off all residents of Askar-II settlement on Bara Road,” complained Amin Khan, a resident of the settlement.

He said residents of Askari-II and its adjacent areas now use LPG cylinders.

They said they approached the local SNGPL authorities and informed them of their problems, but to no avail.

Irshad Khan, another resident of Askari-II, said they had lived in the settlement for 20 years but had never faced such a serious situation.

“I don’t understand what happened to the gas, because we didn’t use natural gas for cooking this winter. We use electric geysers because gas is not possible even for cooking,” he said.

He said hundreds of apartments had been built in the city of Peshawar in recent years and there were reports that gas had been supplied to them.

“It is alleged that the owners of these apartments bribed officials to secure the gas supply. Prices for apartments with gas installations are rising,” he said.

Although the Peshawar SNGPL sent teams to the affected areas and assured the residents to restore the gas supply, no improvement was seen. They were unable to resume gas supply to the majority of areas of Peshawar Cantt in four days.

Some SNGPL officials told locals that the gas supply from the main supply line from Punjab to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had been cut.

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