LAHORE Hundreds of domestic consumers on Thursday staged protest against Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited for ignoring them and giving importance to CNG and industry sector. Despite tall claims of the SNGPL, an acute shortage of gas for domestic users has paralysed the routine life in various areas of the city. The unavailability of gas forced the people to take to streets on Thursday. They registered their anger, disrupted the traffic and chanted slogans against the government and the SNGPL. They staged protest demonstration against gas load shedding in Green Town and Chungi Amrsiddhu areas and demanded of the government to ensure uninterrupted gas supply to domestic consumers. The protestors said SNGPL was supplying gas to the CNG sector and have totally lowered the pressure in their houses. The protesters mostly housewives and children complained that the gas load shedding multiplied their miseries. They said they had to wait for hours for gas supply to cook food. The protestors blocked the road creating huge inconvenience for the traffic. In green Town, the protestors staged sit-in at Green Town, Main Market, Puli Stop and Pipe Stop. They also burnt the effigy of SNGPL MD for not keeping his promise of providing uninterrupted gas. The public transport, motorcycles and automobile riders have to take alternate roads for reaching their destination. They continued their protest for around one hour. The area police reached the spot and disbursed the protestors and restored traffic. One of the protestor said from 6 am to 11 am daily, there had been no gas at my house. The angry protesters blocked the roads by setting the tyres on fire. In another incident on early Thursday, a good number of people gathered outside at Ferozepur Road and staged protest demonstration against the SNGPL authorities. The shopkeepers and workers of roadside restaurants also joined the protest. They said the domestic consumers are suffering a lot due to the gas load shedding. Meanwhile, the residents of Johar Town, Canal View, Gulshan Ravi, Allama Iqbal Town, Walled City and other areas had been complaining about unavailability of gas since the start of winter season.