TOBA TEK SINGH/

MANDI BAHAUDDIN

The owners of CNG filling stations have announced to start protest demonstrations from Thursday (today) against the government for not restoring gas supply to their stations.

Addressing a press conference, CNG Filling Stations Owners Association district president Rana Muhammad Khan said that gas supply was closed six months ago due to which the owners of 32 CNG filling stations of the district were facing great financial loss while 260 employees of these station had been jobless.

Flanked by spokesman Haji Ashraf, he said, “We are bearing losses as we have pay the bills of gas, electricity and maintenance of machinery which is being destroyed due to non-usage.” He added that gas was being supplied to the filling stations of all the other provinces except Punjab. He said all the filling stations’ owners and their staffers will go to Faisalabad on May 7 to stage a protest outside SNGPL’s Regional Office.

Likewise, District CNG Association held a meeting here with its president Nasrullah Warriach Advocate in the chair. Owners of all the CNG filling stations in the district participated in the meeting. The meeting participants said that PML-N government was meting out step motherly treatment to them. Elaborating their point, they said the government was charging each station Rs25,000 a month under minimum charges head which according to them was unfair.

On the other side, the supply of gas was blocked by placing plates in supply line, they complained. CNG filling station business has awfully declined and the owners were suffering irreparable losses, they said. They further said that labourers associated with the CNG stations have lost their jobs. They said that the Constitution provides equal opportunity to the citizens to run their business but the incumbent government was creating hurdles in their way to exercise the right.

The meeting in a resolution, passed unanimously, demanded the government should stop collection of minimum charges and ensure regular supply of CNG to their filling stations within a week time failing which they would be forced to come to streets for lodging protest and sit-in.