CNG Stations Closed for 6 hrs Everyday
Monday, 16 August 2010

CNG filling stations across the country will remain closed for six hours everyday, from 3–9 pm, until further notice in an attempt to increase gas supply to the power stations.

Hossain Mansur Ahmed, chairman of the state-run gas agency Petrobangla, told "This decision will be executed from Monday to increase gas supply to the power stations and to ensure sufficient gas supply to residences."

Petrobangla has taken the decision following an energy ministry order on Thursday, he added.

Gas supply to the Karnaphuli Fertiliser Company Ltd. (KAFCO) has also recently been halted for the same reason, he said.

Gas supply agencies have also published advertisements in several newspapers urging the filling station owners to halt operations for the designated six-hour slot everyday.

It also said that vigilance teams would make inquiries to find out any irregularities and punish the owners who run operations in the prohibited time.

A two hour-long meeting was held in the morning between leaders of CNG Filling Station and Conversion Workshop Owners Association and the managing director of Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Ltd, Abdul Aziz Khan at the company's office in Karwan Bazar

Following the meeting, the association's general secretary, Jakir Hossain Nayan told "The six hour-long closures will financially affect station owners. We have demanded re-evaluation of the decision in the meeting."

He continued to say, "The government has ordered the closure from Monday. However, they have not declared when normal operations will resume. We sat with the managing director to find out about it. But, he said that he was also unaware of the probable date and that the government will decide later."

"The association warned the authorities of starting a movement if the closure-order is not withdrawn at the end of Ramadan. At the same time, we demanded that security be provided at the closed stations."

"The stations will remain closed from 3-9pm in line with the government decision," he added stating that there are 565 CNG filling stations in the country.

Abdul Aziz Khan, managing director of Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Ltd, told "A vigilance committee has been formed, headed by Petrobangla director (operations) Mollah Mobirul Hossain to supervise activities at stations in and around Dhaka."

He also said that five area-based sub-committees have also been formed.

Sanwar Hossain Chowdhury, managing director of Chittagong's gas provider Karnaphuli Gas Distribution Company Ltd said, "An eight-member vigilance team, led by company secretary Chowdhury Ahsan, has been formed."

Other than this, eight area-based sub committees were also formed, he added.


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