New connections for industrial and commercial users are available: SSGC

Acting Managing Director of Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) Amin Rajput said, while addressing a meeting at Korangi Association of Trade & Industry (KATI) that new connections for commercial and industrial users are available now, gas shortage has overcome, after availability of LNG distribution infrastructure would be extended. He also told the gathering that gas supply on Sundays would resume soon. He said that UFG is a very critical problem for the company and gas theft could not be tolerated at any level. On this occasion President KATI Tariq Malik, Vice President JunaidNaqi, head of KATI’s standing committee on SSGC Ehtisham Uddin, ZubairChhaya and Masood Naqi also expressed their views.

Amin Rajput told that according to government policies we prefer domestic consumer, we were facing natural gas shortage, after LNG this shortage has overcome so now new connection for commercial and industrial users are available. Prior to this President KATI Tariq Malik welcomed the AMD SSGC and other officials at KATI. He said that SSGC is one of those public sector companies, on them national economy and survival of industry are heavily depended. He said that although energy crises has overcome in to some extent but line losses, low pressure and other issues are yet to be resolved. He also said that industrialist community see gas theft as a crime against nation.

Chairman and CEO KITE DMC Zubair Chhaya Said that in recent years SSGC’s performance was back on track. He suggested that policies regarding new connections, tariff and supply need to be more industry friendly. Masood Naqi said that as per circular released by the company, industry has prepared their consumption details and additional needs, it is now SSGC turn to give us particular time schedule for further process. He said that industries are providing subsidies food to their employees but not even getting connections for this purpose, it seems a small issue but if it would have resolved this will be a great contribution to industry. Naqi suggested that an alternative strategy can be defined to resolve litigations of industrial consumers against SSGC in the courts. Head of KATI’s standing committee on SSGC told the officials that processing industry is facing heavy losses due to low pressure and unavailability of gas on Sundays. He said that due to increase load, the company charges higher prices but we are unaware about the regulations. Responding to other queries of industrialists AMD said that processing industry is included in the priority list of the company. He also agreed to call a meeting to resolve litigation issue with KATI’s member. DG SSCGT of SSGC Brig. ( r ) Muhammad Abu Zar also briefed the meeting regarding laws and operations against gas theft.

Photo Caption: President KATi Tariq Malik presenting KATI shield to acting-MD Amin Rajput. At the occasion Ehteshamuddin, Masood Naqi, JunaidNaqi, S.M. Yahya, Shaikh Fazl-e-Jalil, Saeed Ahmed Larak, Dr. Ejaz Ahmed and Brigadier (R) Mohammad Abuzar are also seen in the picture.

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