After the increase in diesel prices, transporters have started using Comprehensive Natural Gas (CNG) in their vehicles. For this purpose, they buy old engines that are not compatible with their vehicles and then use cheap, sub-standard CNG cylinders and gas kits. As a result so many unfortunate accidents have taken place, which have caused a large number of casualties. No doubt, the use of CNG cylinders is common in developed countries but in Pakistan, sub-standard CNG cylinders, uncertified CNG kits and fittings and improper locations such as beneath the seats in public transport are used. However, the government has allowed a single CNG cylinder for each vehicle but the transporters install multiple cylinders, most of which lack standard safety protocol.

The Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) has imposed a ban on the use of CNG cylinder, fitted beneath the seats in public transport, but due to lack of effective mechanism of check and balance, transporters use these openly without any fear. I don’t know who to blame as they would just pass the blame to the next person, but I think that the traffic police authorities can help OGRA to implement this rule. The CNG stations can also help by reporting those vehicles that have more than one cylinder and refuse to fill gas in them. They can also ask to check the certificate issued by the concerned authourity claiming the cylinder safe. The All Pakistan Transporters Association can also help in implementing the rule.


Sindh, February 26.