June 6, 2023
Economy Pakistan

Official Says Can’t Supply Gas 24/7

Gas supply crisis has worsened in Karachi, as Pakistan’s Minister of State for Petroleum, Musadik Malik, announced that the government cannot provide 24×7 gas supply, The News International reported. Load-shedding has become a daily occurrence amid an economic crisis and reserves have dropped, forcing the gas load-shedding to continue during sehri and iftar.

Malik has promised to visit Karachi to resolve the gas supply issue faced by people. He also mentioned that gas bills have been separated for the rich and poor, with the rich being required to pay more now.

Last week, the Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) announced the suspension of gas supplies to power plants and industries due to low supply of gas. The volume of gas in pipelines had decreased due to the reduction in supply, prompting the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) to call for immediate government action over the shortage of gas supply in Karachi. KCCI has stated that industries cannot function without gas and would be forced to halt production.

KCCI President, Muhammad Tariq Yousuf, has stated that it is highly unfair to have such an attitude towards Karachi’s business community, which contributes around 54 per cent in terms of exports and more than 68 per cent in terms of revenue despite facing many odds and challenges. Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has directed officials to ensure an uninterrupted supply of gas, and has promised that the process will be supervised with no negligence tolerated.

The gas crisis in Karachi has become a serious concern for the business community and the public. The situation has impacted industries, causing a halt in production, which has affected exports and revenue generation. It is necessary for the government to take immediate action and resolve the gas supply issue in Karachi to prevent further damage to the economy.

In conclusion, the gas supply crisis in Karachi has become a pressing issue that needs to be addressed immediately. The government should take prompt action to ensure uninterrupted gas supply to industries and the public, especially during sehri and iftar. The KCCI has emphasized the significance of Karachi’s business community, and the government should take measures to facilitate their operations. A lack of attention towards the issue can further worsen the economic crisis

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