KARACHI  - The traffic police on Tuesday, during the city-wide operation against second-rate CNG cylinders installed in the vehicles, took more than 200 buses into custody.

According to details, the traffic police on the court directives conducted operation in Saddar, MA Jinnah Road and adjoining areas and checked the gas cylinders installed in the vehicles.

During the operation, more than 200 buses having substandard gas cylinders were taken into custody.

The traffic police incharge said that the operation would continue till the entire City was cleared of vehicles having shoddy gas cylinders.

Meanwhile, the citizens have lauded the traffic police action and demanded the court and the authorities to widen the operation to other districts of the province.

It should be mentioned that CNG cylinders’ blasts have become a routine matter which often claimed several lives besides critically injuring many others.

CNG STRIKE HITS TRANSPORT: The Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) associations across the country continued their unannounced strike on Tuesday, closing filing stations on different pretexts for an indefinite period which caused severe hardship to commuters and motorists.

Compressed Natural Gas supply has been closed in the Lahore region for the next three days as part of government’s ‘gas load management plan’. The stations will reopen on Wednesday.

More than a week on, the CNG gas is also unavailable in Potohar region and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, despite CNG dealers’ assurance about ending their strike.

CNG Dealers Association’s Chairman Ghayas Paracha on Monday assured National Assembly’s standing committee on petroleum and gas that the gas sale would be resumed across the country.

In Sindh, all CNG stations were closed for the next 48 hours from Monday night after Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) announced the closure.

It appears to be an attempt of CNG dealers to put pressure on the government to increase the per kilo price of the gas, which the Supreme Court slashed in its verdict. Motorists were suffering due to non-availability of the gas in the filling stations across the country as long queues of vehicles were seen at those CNG stations which opened in different parts of the country including Islamabad and Rawalpindi.