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Another year have passed, 2014 is ending soon but problems of People of Pakistan are still very much same. Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) which came in power after making so much promises to Pakistani people have been unable to pay attention to more important issues. Major Problems Pakistani People are facing right now are related to Power and Natural Gas Shortage. Natural Gas Shortage was very much severe in last year had to be better this year according to ruling party PML-N as they were planning to import Liquid Natural Gas(LNG) in Dec 2014 and put on National household consumer distribution pipelines.
But as we are approaching the December 2014, latest from government is they will not be able to import LNG before Feb or even March 2015. The house hold consumers are already feeling the chilled burners effect. Specially on days when CNG is open for vehicles. As we will go into further cold weather in winter season which is only just starting, there will be much more problems like last years.
Current PML-N led government seems no better than any previous government as its making and breaking the promises with Pakistani people in same fashion as previous Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) had been doing. If Nawaz and his fellows have to come back in power after next elections they must immediately put full attention to two biggest issues of Power and Gas Shortage.
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As we discussed in our Year 2o13 in Pakistan’s Perspective post, year 2o13 was like just another average past year. The country’s and provincial governments were changed but people does not saw any much of positive stuff as compared to previous years. As 2013 ended, people of Pakistan have same issues. Which include, declining economy, declining currency, high inflation rates, law ‘n’ order situation, Health & Education issues, unemployment, shortages of commodities like Natural Gas & Electricity of domestic consumers, industries and businesses, corruption, Issue of drone strikes and much more.
Year 2o14 is very important for newly elected provincial government and is specially important for newly elected Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) government in federal. They all need to give their best to eradicate these problems of Pakistani people. As the main role is to be played by federal government, in first step they have to define the priorities and work on all issues in emergency to give relief to Pakistani people. So for PML-N have given imposition of new taxes and tariff heights which they claim, is for greater good of masses. I will however only believe this, if they perform in the Year 2014 and in coming years.
Lets go through the abandoned areas one by one where government need to pay attention.
Law ‘n’ Order Issue:
Along with other issues faced by Pakistani people, Government’s major attention should be on improving the Law ‘n’ Order situation in Pakistan. They need to deal with the extremist elements anyway possible. They need to address the Karachi situation. Government should not hesitate taking help from Army in Karachi. Only a major unbiased operation in Karachi can bring peace in the city. Main focus should be on un-arming the armed wings of Political parties in Karachi and then dealing with other blackmailers and land mafia etc.
In Karachi and other cities there is a need to eradicate the corruption from Police department and put them to some real work. First logical step would be to increase the pays of Police individuals which are very low as compared to their duties. Then next giving them more vehicles, replacing the old vehicles, specially the ones which look from stone age. New command and control centers must be established along with specialized quick response units. They must be given access to latest technology and tech gadgets to track the criminals via cell phones etc. Keeping an eye on them mush also be preference, so that they don’t ask people for bribe to perform their duties or to leave the criminals alone.
On same time some checks and balances are needed to be imposed on courts, so they can deal with more and more cases daily and provide the justice to people, for the thing the exist.
Drone strikes is another big issue, along with extremists the innocents are being killed by these drone strikes. So these are counter productive and putting hates in people who lose an innocent loved one. Either government of Pakistan have to run these strikes or they must be stopped. Dealing with any suspected terrorists on Pakistani soil is job of Pakistani government and no other country must be allowed to operate on our land.
The energy crisis is next biggest issue country is facing. Pakistan is country with is blessed with so many natural resources. Government have to utilize them to deal with the energy crisis Pakistan is facing. According to survey done by foreign researchers, Pakistan have potential of generating the whooping 140 thousand megawatts only by using the winds blowing across the nation and specially in wide open areas of Baluchistan province, let alone the potential of solar or other alternatives like coal which is available in access in country. Where as Pakistan’s total consumption in peak season reaches 18000 MWs. Major work in required by government to fix the issue of electricity shortage in country this year. We are facing worse load shedding even in off peak season.
From last few years Pakistani domestic as well as the industrial/commercial consumers are facing low gas pressures specially in winters. In peak season stoves and burners of People’s homes get cold with no gas available. Even some people have started installing dangerous equipment to pump gas to their homes due to no gas pressure. These things do make the situations worse for the whole neighborhood.
The Baluchistan province is known to be rich with huge underground storage. Only explorations have be made on more areas to make use of these oil and natural gas underground resources. For temporary quick relief of People govt should also consider importing the natural gas. Iran Pakistan pipeline is one abandoned project govt can think of resuming.
So in 2014 government have to not only deal with gas and electricity shortages but they also have to deal with malpractices people are adopting to pump gas to their homes. These practices are not only illegal, they risk human lives. If not addressed soon every household will have to install one such device to grab their own share of Gas.
Health and Education:
Pakistan over the last few years overall seen some improvement in education sector overall but the health situation got worse with insufficient health facilities, non serious staff and nearly no checks and balances on staff in Public sector hospitals. Public sector hospitals also lack equipment and even equipment available to them is too old. Huge improvements needed. More and more hospitals are to be constructed and existing have to be improved. Also, corruption is one big issue in public sector hospitals, big scandals of selling the free medicines out of hospital to get illegal money, giving the substandard medicines in hospitals and other such worse cases were reported by media last year. Govt should better deal with these issues now.
More and more schools, collages and universities are to be opened across the country. Current numbers are not enough with population increasing exponentially. Checks and balances on staff to current schools and collages are to be imposed and specially it have to be make sure that schools in far flung areas are given equal attention and resources, so they can run smoothly. Provision of modern technology and free education facility up to higher education must be the goal.
Its another big issue Pakistan is facing. Every department having people which are eating the public money. Bribe is demanded from people to perform daily duties. This situation have to be made better. Even politician themselves are not free from it, a strong system is to be devised which could challenge everyone even biggest of leaders when they suspect that anyone is involved in corruption. Only a corruption free government, which is loyal to people can take these steps. PML-N are you that party who will do this for people this year?
Economic Downturns and unemployment:
Above mentioned energy crisis, corruption and law ‘n’ order issues, if addressed will put our economy on right track. From there government have to pay attention on railways, PIA and other such publicity owned bodies to not only make some profit from them but give relief to people then also creating new jobs for people.
Lots more in Pakistan need the attention and devotion of elected governments but the above mentioned stuff should be priority to put country back on track and to give relief to people of Pakistan. Its also only way for governments if they want votes in next elections as people are getting smarter and they will only vote you next time, if you will really put forward some good work and give them relief.
It is winter season, we have not seen the first rain of the season yet but as the temperatures are dropping the problem of Natural Gas Shortage is getting worse. Daily more and more house hold Natural Gas consumers are getting deprived of supply of gas supply in their burners and stoves, just let alone the room or water heaters.
As the shortage issue raised people have started finding their ways to suck more gas out of Sui Nortren Gas Pipe Lines’ (SNGPL) network. Some AC and Refrigerator technicians have found new application of the gas compressors which are used in Refrigerators and ACs. They have started installing these compressors in homes of people, they run on electricity, so they suck the gas of whole area in this case most of houses sit idle with no Gas the one with these compressors have more than enough gas sucked towards their stoves.
It just not stopped here, now small gas pumps are available in the markets, which are really easy to install in homes. They are being sold in prices from 1500 to 6000 Pakistani Rupee.
Story does not end here, these compressors and Gas Pumps are really very dangerous. If you are not careful, a blast in your home is evident, it could blow your gas line and even a major mishap could happen involving life and death situations.
Now come the responsibilities of Gas supply companies like SNGPL and SSGPL, the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) and Pakistani government. But none of these have played their role to eradicate such dangerous devices or even stopping people from installing them. Meanwhile, these devices are openly being sold in market. Using any of such device is nothing less then putting your family on risk for smooth supply of gas.
If one home in a neighborhood installs such device, the already low pressure of gas almost dies for other houses, then if one or two more houses install them, the stoves of other homes just die with no gas at all, so what happens is everyone have to resort to one of such device for getting the gas. The circle goes back to the initial situation but now along with gas everyone will also be using power, as they cook food. And who doesn’t know here that we are currently going through power crisis here in Pakistan, so it must be conserved.
Government, OGRA or even the gas supply companies have fully failed to play their roles to stop such malpractices. People of Pakistan have just got one more ticking bomb which could kill them earlier than they should. Yet again the Politicians and Ruling party are showing no concern.
Its just not assumptions, blasts did happened in couple of cities and more could happen if its not controlled. Even the Gas supply pipes would start to raptures due to extensive vacuum which is created by these gas sucking devices resulting in loss of Natural Gas.
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Year 2013 have almost ended, we are approaching 2014 with just two days remaining. The ruling party this year have changed but the problems of people of Pakistan are still the same. Winter season is on rise with chilling weather, temperatures are dropping and people are out of gas in their burners and stoves.
PML-N (Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz) won elections this year with huge number of votes and they have stunning majority in Federal government as well as in Punjab (the highest populated province). Means the people have showed their full confidence in PML-N as they had made lots of promises about dealing with power and electricity shortages.
Here we are people of Pakistan having same of those issues. Its not one city or province, whole country is dealing with the severe shortage of Gas which also forces to stop the gas power electricity generation plants so people of Pakistan are not only facing problem of no gas in their stoves but also they are facing 6 to 8 hours of electricity load shedding.
Things were bad in Zardari Led Pakistan Peoples Party’s Era but they are gone worse in this Nawaz led PML-N era. They have imposed tons of new taxes as they came in power, they have increased the prices or petroleum products and specially major increase in electricity tariffs. That means they are sucking more juice out of Pakistani People but they have very less to offer. They have been unable to deal with the Gas shortage. Pakistan Iran gas pipeline was a project which have been in development earlier but now its fully stopped by PML-N government and they keep showing some pricing concerns over it. If that is not workable the nawaz led ruling team must have some solution for people’s problems.
PML-N had claimed before elections that they would deal with all problems of country but now they seem clue less, only they did so far is protecting the rich and nothing much is done for solving the problems of general public. Natural Gas situation is so bad the domestic consumers have not gas in stoves, Industry is getting gas for few hours daily, CNG gas filling stations for vehicles are closed in Punjab and they open for 3 to 4 days in other provinces and see miles long lines of people waiting to get some cheap fuel. Power sector is getting very less gas so people have to face 6 to 8 hours of load shedding and that is the condition of urban areas, people of rural areas which are 70% of total Pakistani population are deprived of electricity for 12 to 16 hours daily, sometimes even more.
May be things will get better near next elections again, but next time when you are voting do keep in mind that how were the first three to four years of government. Meanwhile, its also best time for PML-N to fix the things, deal with shortages, inflation, deteriorating currency and other major issues people are facing.
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When it comes to CNG stations, Potohar region includes the Islamabad, Rawalpindi, areas from Attock to Jehlum and some other adjustment areas. According to government’s lame CNG load management plan on Fridays and Saturdays the CNG stations remain close in this region. Due to this the CNG pumps were kept flooded with vehicles today and specially this evening. So in cold weather when the gas in homes was available with low pressure, ‘getting CNG for vehicles’ was also made very difficult.
So technically along with two CNG load shedding days getting the gas for the vehicle on the day before and day after are also very much difficult and waiting in long queues is mandatory for that. This means in Punjab only three days the CNG is easily available.
This is another story of failure of current administration as this gas shortage issue is now there from several months and a permanent solution for this is long due. Current party in power thinks the load shedding is only solution for shortage of any commodities like power and gas.