KARACHI  - Commuters and motorists had to suffer as Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) stations across Sindh were closed on Saturday morning for 24 hours.

Under Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) gas load management plan, gas supply to all CNG stations of Sindh was suspended from 9:00am Saturday and will be restored at 9:00am on Sunday (today). Long queues of vehicles were seen at the CNG stations in Karachi before the closure.

Due to non-availability of CNG, most transporters did not bring their vehicles on roads, forcing commuters to wait for hours. Dozens of passengers were seen at bus stops in various districts waiting for vans and buses of concerned routes.

On the other hand, in those cities where public transport was not available, people had to travel through rickshaws and taxis.

The rickshaw and taxi drivers, taking the advantage of situation, overcharged the passengers. The surveillance teams of the SSGC examined implementation on the decision made by the company.

According to rules and regulations, the CNG stations committing violation to the regulation would have to remain deprived of gas for 48 hours.