ISLAMABAD All Pakistan Compressed Natural Gas Station Owners Association has decided to observe strike by shutting down CNG stations on Tuesday (Nov. 10) from Attock to Jhelum including twin cities Islamabad and Rawalpindi to protest against governments Gas Load Management Programme 2009-10. Talking to TheNation, Ghayas Abdullah Paracha, Chairman All Pakistan CNG Association, said if the government did not take its decision back, they would go on strike for an indefinite period, as it was not possible to shut down CNG stations for two days in a week. When asked whether they were moving to the Supreme Court against the decision, he said, No we are not going to the court and hope that the government will reconsider its decision to facilitate the people. He said the association in its next meeting would decide to observe strike in other cities of Punjab. Earlier, All Pakistan CNG Association in its meeting on Friday expressed great concerns over the governments decision to close CNG stations for two days in a week. The owners of CNG stations from NWFP, Islamabad, and Rawalpindi and its adjoining areas attended the meeting. They turned down the governments decision, as they believed this would destroy their business. The Federal Cabinet had approved the Gas Load-Management Programme on Wednesday. According to the plan, gas supply to industries and CNG plants will remain suspended for two days a week from November 15, 2009 to March 15 next year. Industries and CNG stations will remain closed for two days every week. Load-management will save 120-mmcfd gas, which will be supplied to domestic consumers. It is worth mentioning here that earlier the government was considering two options, either to close the CNG stations for three months or to increase the prices of environment friendly fuel and bring the prices near to petrol prices to reduce its demand and save gas for domestic and industrial use. However, government did not implement these options because CNG association had threatened to move Supreme Court. Representatives of the association in the meeting were of the view that the government was biased towards CNG stations, as other industries might adopt other option without gas but CNG stations did not have any alternate. They said by closing CNG stations for two days only 25 MCF gas would be saved, while industries were facing 1200 MCF shortage in winter. They urged the government to take back the decision as some 2.4 million vehicles, mostly owned by public transporters, were plying on CNG and would suffer too. The public transport could not be kept off the roads for two days in a week, they viewed.