CNG Stations to Remain Shut
Sunday, 19 September 2010

The decision to keep the CNG refuelling stations shut for six hours a day will continue, the prime minister's energy advisor has said.

The CNG-station owners on Saturday had threatened to go on an indefinite strike from Sep 25 if the decision was not withdrawn.

Advisor Tawfiq-e-Elahi revealed the decision at a press conference at the Secretariat on Sunday, when he also said that the decision might be withdrawn "only after the national grid gets additional gas."

General secretary of the owners' platform, Zakir Hossain Nayan, told on Sunday that their decision to go on strike will be implemented if the government did not pay heed to their ultimatum.

He also said a letter to the power and energy ministry demanding withdrawal of the decision has been sent.

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

There are some 565 CNG filling stations around the country.

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


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