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CNG Stations to remain open on five days of Eid al-Adha 2014 all over Pakistan

CNG Filling StationGovernment of Pakistan have announced that there will be no CNG load shedding on Eid al-Adha 2014, so people can move to their hometowns and back easily using the cheap alternate fuel. The Gasoline or Petrol is normally unaffordable in Pakistan due to above 40% taxes on it. Specially on such occasions when l0ng journeys back to hometowns have to be made by masses, their first preference will be low cost fuel like CNG, which by the way is only low cost fuel available to masses in Pakistan.

CNG stations already opened on Friday the 3rd of October 2o14 and will remain open till the end of Eid Holidays which is Thursday, 9th of October, 2014. Punjab is the province in which CNG load shedding is most severe, only two days a week CNG is available to Pakistani people. But now after this announcement People of Punjab including the Potohar Region will also enjoy almost one week of CNG availability.

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CNG Load Shedding Continues and Vehicle Queues Get Longer Than Ever

Long queues at CNG filling stations

CNG queue at a CNG filling station on Kashmir Highway Islamabad on 1st Sep, 2014

Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PMLN) had made many promises with people before coming into power. Main agenda was to make stuff affordable for people. But exactly like everything else the situation of CNG gone worse and year by year things going even worst. Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) is cheap fuel for vehicles in Pakistan and people prefer it over Gasoline or Petrol for reason it saves more than 60% money for same amount of travel on Petrol.

In era of previous two government CNG Load Management Plans (CNG Load Shedding) were introduced to deal with CNG shortages and meanwhile steps were being taken to import Natural Gas. One of such step was initiation of Pakistan Iran gas pipeline which was started in era of previous Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) in power. But now project faces a total halt.

In result of total halt of current Natural Gas import projects by current PMLN government country is once again facing real bad shortage of Natural Gas. In result now vehicle owners specially in Punjab get CNG only two days in a week and that is the situation of summer. In winter due to domestic water and room heating requirement gas shortages multiply exponentially and its closed for vehicle owners and only is given to house holds and that too can’t fulfill the requirement of house holds in those days.

Unlike era of couple of previous governments now people can only get CNG fuel two days, in result on those two days queues of vehicles at filling stations are too long. These queues range from 80 to many hundreds of vehicles waiting for their turn.

The CNG opening schedule for Potohar Region, which includes cities like Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Taxila, Wah, Chakwal, Jhelum attock and adjustment areas, is as follows.

Opens: Two non-consecutive days (Total 48 hours) in a week

Day 1: Monday 6 am to Tuesday 6 am (24 Hours)

Day 2: Thursday 6 am to Friday 6 am (24 Hours)

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Schedule for CNG Load Shedding in Islamabad/Rawalpindi and Rest of Potohar region after Eid Al-Fitr 2014

long queue at a CNG Station in PakistanThis past month Eid days were nothing less than the cool breeze during hot summer for Transporters and Motorists of Punjab as CNG was open on all 5 days of eid, so lots of people had got chance to fill there vehicles with cheap CNG fuel after as long as four months. Before Eid Al-Fitr 2014, during ramadan CNG filling stations were only opening two days in a week, even on those two days it was opening for only 9 hours in a week.. Plus those two days were not consecutive. There was same situation before that specially in province of Punjab, Pakistan. Some transporters still managed to get in lines for long hours and get CNG but for most of private car owners, specially working class, it was just not possible.

Now the Eid days are over, so the fun, again as per government implemented schedule CNG will open on only 2 days of week. Even these 2 days are not consecutive, so people will have to be in long queues. Following is the Schedule of CNG opening days per week in Potohar region of Punjab Pakistan.

  • Opening Days: 2
  • Day 1 ( Monday 6 am to Tuesday 6 am ) – 24 Hours.
  • Day 2 (Thursday 6 am to Friday 6 am ) – 24 Hours.
  • Total 48 hours in a week

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No CNG Load Shedding on Eid Days in Punjab

No CNG Load Shedding on Eid DaysPunjab govt have announced no CNG Load Shedding on days of Eid al-Fitr 2014. CNG will remain continuously open from 6 am Monday 28 july to 6 am Friday 2 July. According to Punjab government this special schedule for CNG load shedding on eid days is devised to facilitate people traveling to their hometowns inside Pakistan.

Let me remind you, in Ramadan CNG was only available for 18 hours in whole week, it was Monday and Thursday, from 6 am to 3 pm on both days. So due to this very short window of CNG opening for people of Punjab, majority of people didn’t even bothered getting the Gas during Ramadan.

It is also most likely that same 18 hours a week schedule will be back in action as soon as we get past days of Eid al-Fitr. Now the question which needs some attention to and which needs to be answered is, if Pakistan really have severe shortage of Natural Gas, how on earth govt will manage to give non-stop CNG on five days of eid? Also, keep in mind that these are days when traveling of people is peak and every available wheel is country is turning.

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2014 Ramadan CNG Load Shedding Schedule for Islamabad, Rawalpindi and Rest of Potohar Region

ramadan cng schedule 2014 potohar regionCNG load shedding problem for Potohar region worsened in Holy month of Ramadan when government intervene to open CNG only two days, that also only for 9 hours each day. Also these two days are not consecutive. Schedule for Potohar region is as follows,

Opening Days and  Hours

  • Monday (6am to 3pm)
  • Thursday (6am to 3pm)

CNG will remain close on all other days and hours other than mentioned above. This schedule have worsened things for common man, this cheap fuel is now out of reach of working class because they can not get their fuel tanks filled by leaving offices and getting in queues for hours. Also for transporters things are not too good. For Monday’s CNG opening hours transporters start leaving their vehicles on CNG stations from Sunday morning, hence till Monday morning the CNG queues are too long, mostly they are easily minimum two to three kilometers at start of day.

Real test of transporters start when CNG stations start working, as the sun comes up, things start getting hotter and unbearable for those who are in queues, specially when they are fasting. If government only had to open CNG for Nine hours than best option for them was to open it in night instead of day, at least people don’t have to melt down in summer heat while fasting and waiting for their turns in queue. The turn which takes no less than 3 to 4 hours for most.

Following is a Dunya News video which explains the situation of CNG consumers after current schedule came in place.

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