The natural gas shortfall in the largest gas-producing province, Sindh, has worsened and has crippled the industries.
According to a renowned industrialist, Zubair Motiwala, major parts of the Industrial Area, especially textile units in Karachi –Pakistan’s economic hub – are closed due to the recent shortfall.
He added that gas shortage and low-pressure has crippled the production in six zones including– FB Area, SITE, North Karachi, Port Qasim, Korangi and Landhi.
Motiwala rejected the idea of utilizing imported gas (LNG) as it increases the production cost and insisted on being supplied with the locally produced gas.
“Sindh produces 2,700 million cubic feet per day (mmcfd) but it receives only 1,200mmcfd. The remaining gas is provided to other provinces. Under Article 158 of the Constitution, Sindh has the first right to use the gas produced in the province,” he added.
Motiwala made these remarks after a meeting with acting Managing Director of Sui Southern Gas Company Limited (SSGC) on Friday.
Imran Farookhi then called on Petroleum Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan and presented the idea to provide imported liquefied natural gas (LNG) to its consumers in Sindh and parts of Balochistan at subsidized rates.
He insisted that when Punjab can get a subsidy on LNG, why not Sindh?
The shortfall has affected not only the industries but also the domestic and commercial users as a large part of the metropolitan city has complained about getting no gas or very low pressure.
The affected areas included Defence Housing Authority (DHA) Phase II, V, VI and VII, Clifton Phase 4, 7 and 8, Askari-2, Soldier Bazar, Tipu Sultan Road, Garden, Gulshan, Malir, Landhi, Korangi, and North Karachi.
To provide uninterrupted gas supply to the domestic users the SSGC, on Friday, cut the supply to CNG fuel station across the province for one additional day.
“Gas supply to CNG stations across Sindh would remain suspended till 8 am Sunday,” the SSGC said in a statement.