CNG Station Owners Threaten Strike
Sunday, 19 September 2010

CNG filling station owners have threatened to go on strike if the government decision to keep CNG stations closed for six hours every day is not withdrawn by Sep 25.

CNG Filling Station and Conversion Workshop Owners Association general secretary Zakir Hossain Nayan told bdnews24.com on Saturday that the station owners had faced great losses as they obeyed the government decision to keep stations shut from 3pm-9pm everyday during a large part of the Ramadan.

He said, "The association decided on Saturday to issue a letter to the power and energy ministry demanding withdrawal of the decision."

He added they will call strike in 565 CNG filling stations from an extended meeting of the association on Sep 25 if their demand is not met.

Hossain Mansur Ahmed, chairman of the state-run Petrobangla, told bdnews24.com that only the government had the authority to withdraw the decision.

He added, "We can only execute orders."

Mansur said, "Consumers are not complaining about the closure but the owners are doing it for their commercial benefit."

He also said general people also profited as the pressure of gas at home for cooking had increased because of the decision.

The government took this decision on Aug 16, during Ramadan, to increase gas supply to the power stations and to ensure sufficient gas supply to residences.

Zakir on Aug16 had told bdnews24.com: "The government has ordered the closure but has not declared when normal operations will resume."

Following a meeting on Aug 16 between association leaders and Abdul Aziz Khan, Titas Gas managing director, Zakir had said, "We sat with the managing director to find out when full oeprations would resume. But, he said that he was also unaware of the probable date and that the government would decide about it later."

Source: bdnews24.com

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