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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
This 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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Punjab 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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CNG 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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Punjab government is experimenting with the CNG Load Management plan. According to new CNG Load Shedding Schedule the CNG filling stations will remain open for all seven days but few hours daily. The new schedule will be application from today (April 1, 2014). According to this new schedule CNG filling stations will open 6 hours daily from Monday to Saturday and they will open for 12 hours on Sunday. Open timings are as follows.
Monday to Friday: (10 am to 4 pm) 6 Hours Daily
Sunday: 6 am to Midnight) 12 hours
According to old schedule the CNG was opening for 3 days in a row per week, which about 45% of time of whole week but now after this new change to schedule the per week hours of CNG opening are even reduced and CNG will now be open only 30% of time as compared to earlier 45%. So by applying this new schedule the Punjab government have now reduced the CNG opening hours per week by epic 15%.
New hours are also odd ones, considering that CNG will open only 6 hours daily, so there will be long queues and queues will mostly comprise of Public transport or commercial vehicles. Timings specially doesn’t suit the most of professionals / Salaried class who are doing the day job. Even if they decide to get some time off from office, its not going to be minutes or half hour, due to long queues of commercial and Public transport vehicles people may have to wait for their turn for at least 1.5 to 2 hours in day time which is not possible for most of day workers, specially if that is to be done for one or couple of days each week. One other option for that salaried class or day workers would be to ruin their weekend and spend few hours filling their vehicles with CNG.
However, these are most likely possible outcomes of new CNG Load shedding schedule applicable from April 1st. In as week or two the real situation would be in front of us to analyze and may turn out differently, either better or worst. Also lets see how people will react to this new schedule of load shedding of CNG. Now the question is will this change bring any good to people of Punjab Pakistan or not, we will see the response soon. Lets hope for things to get better here in Pakistan.
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