KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Tuesday issued notice to the ministry of petroleum and natural resources and Sui Southern Gas Company Limited (SSGC) to file their respective comments on a petition against three-day weekly closure of CNG stations in Sindh province.
A division bench, headed by Justice Aqeel Ahmed Abbasi, was hearing a petition filed by as many as 607 CNG station owners and public transporters, who moved the court against SSGC for forcing closure of CNG stations.
The petitioners’ counsel submitted that SSGC was forcing his clients to close their CNG stations for three-day a week even though the ministry concerned had issued no notification in this regard. This unlawful forced closure was taking heavy toll on their businesses, he added.
The gas shortage was caused by the mismanagement of the authorities and their failure to control loss of gas through leakages and theft, he added.
The counsel argued that the government had absolutely no justification to stop gas supply to CNG stations for three days, adding the Sindh province is producing 70 percent of the gas, whereas, consuming only 30 percent of it. According to Article 158 of the Constitution, the province which was producing natural gas shall have precedence over other parts of Pakistan in meeting its requirements.
Therefore, the petitioners requested the court to restrain SSGC from issuing unlawful notice for closure of CNG stations.
The court was prayed to direct SSGC to supply gas to CNG stations and issue closure notices in accordance with the constitution as well as the natural gas policy.