SIALKOT

Filling stations’ owners have feared that their CNG plants worth Rs6 billion would soon become useless at 265 stations in Gujranwala Division have been denied gas supply.

Talking to newsmen, All Pakistan CNG Association leader Nadeem Khan said that each CNG plant costs Rs25 million, which suffers severe technical faults due to gas stoppage and hundreds of thousands of rupees need for their early rectification.

He said that the hundreds of daily wagers of the CNG stations and contractors of the local industrial units in all the six Sialkot, Narowal, Gujrat , Mandi Bahaud Din , Hafizabad and Gujranwala districts have been terminated from their jobs by the owners to avert financial losses. He said that the owners were unable to pay salaries to the personal in the persisting situation. Resultantly, they have terminated them from their jobs.

The government has already closed the supply of gas and CNG gas to the industrial units and filling stations to provide it for the domestic consumers in the region. Meanwhile, Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Dr Sarfraz Bashir also demanded immediate restoration of supply of gas to Sialkot industries for keeping the industrial wheel moving towards the goal of economic stability.

Smooth supply of flour claimed : The flour mills are providing 25,000 bags of flour daily for the dealers so as to ensure its smooth supply to the consumers across Gujranwala Division, claimed Deputy Director Food Naveed Ashraf.

Talking to the media, he said that the flour mills had jazzed up supply of flour with supply of flour worth Rs83 million daily across Sialkot, Narowal, Gujrat, Mandi Bahaud Din, Hafizabad and Gujranwala districts of the division. He said that the Food Department had provided 2,515,795 bags of wheat for the flour mills since September 2012.

He said that there was no shortage of flour in the division, adding that the new season of wheat yield will begin in April 2014. He revealed that 18 official warehouses of wheat have now become empty while the supply of wheat yield was briskly underway from the rest of 26 official go-downs.