LAHORE - An acute shortage of gas and non-availability of petrol and Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) has paralysed the routine life in the City, forcing the people to take to streets, disrupting traffic to register their anger. Hundreds of people on Wednesday staged strong protest demonstration against the gas loadshedding here in different parts of the City, demanding the government to ensure uninterrupted gas supply to the domestic consumers and CNG stations. The protesters mostly housewives and children complained that the gas loadshedding had multiplied their miseries as they had to wait for hours for gas supply to cook food. The angry protesters blocked the roads by setting the tyres on fire in Chungi Amarsidhu and Dharampura areas. The protesters also chanted slogans against the government and the Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL). On early Wednesday, a good number of people gathered outside Lahore General Hospital at Ferozepur Road and staged protest demonstration against the SNGPL authorities. The protesters blocked the main Ferozepur Road and chanted anti-government slogans, disrupting the traffic flow at one of the leading arteries of the City for two hours. A great number of shopkeepers and workers of roadside restaurants also joined the protest, causing worst traffic mess on both sides of the Ferozepur Road. In another incident, dozens of people mostly women also staged protest demonstration in Dharampura area and disrupted the traffic flow at the GT road for hours. They said that the domestic consumers are suffering a lot due to the gas loadshedding. They further said that the pressure of the gas was so low that they were unable to cook anything. "We don't have the gas supply to cook food for our hungry children for the last 48 hours," Razia Bibi, a resident of Baghbanpura area said, when contacted. "There is no gas, no electricity, no CNG and no fuel in the City. Is there anyone to redress the grievances of the public," Mushtaq Ali, a resident of Kot Lakhpat said. Rabia Noreen, a resident of Factory Area said it seems that government is not interested to resolve the problems being faced by the people. "They (rulers) are enjoying and merrymaking on the taxpayers money. They don't have any problem in their luxurious life. We, the public, are suffering," Saima Akhtar one of the protesters, said. They said that after fuel and electricity, now an acute shortage of gas and Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) have brought the economic activity in the province to a grinding halt. The protesters demanded that if the gas supply to the domestic consumers and CNG stations was not restored immediately, the situation would become very difficult to handle. The protesters were also of the view that the people were facing multiple problems due to the gas, fuel and electricity shortage and on the other hand increase in daily use items was pushing them to the wall. Meanwhile, the public representatives of the areas intervened and managed to disperse the protesters after holding a series of negotiations with them.