Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited suffers a loss of Rs60 million every month in Sialkot region out of which, gas worth Rs33 million is being wasted due to pipelines’ leakages in Sialkot and Narowal districts, disclosed an SNGPL official on Tuesday.

Addressing a meeting of Sialkot business community held at Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry, SNGPL Gujranwala Region General Manager Qaisar Masood admitted that there were several flaws in the gas distribution and supplying mechanism. He said that these flaws could be removed bringing betterment in the system with the cooperation between consumers and the institution.

He added that an end to the gas pilferage in the Sialkot region was still a great challenge for the SNGPL as its internal accountability system was also being upgraded and made transparent to nab the black sheep in the company. He pledged to make an all-out effort to bring betterment in the infrastructure and services of the SNGPL to facilitate the consumers especially the Sialkot business community.

He also pledged to ensure early establishment of SNGPL Regional Office at Sialkot for catering to the needs of local consumers. He said that all the gas connections were being given to the applicants purely on merit, claiming that no connection has yet been given out of turn. He said that the efforts were being made to redress the grievances of the applicants who had submitted their manual applications for getting gas connections in Sialkot region. He said that there were a many problems in these manually submitted applications.

However, he directed the local SNGPL officials to clear all the cases lying pending at Sialkot for the last several years. He pledged that all the problems being faced by the consumers would be solved as priority. He disclosed that the SNGPL was in dire need of 300 executives to bring betterment in its services. However, the final approval was pending by the federal government for recruitments.

He also assured the meeting of his full cooperation regarding implementation of a plan to lay down a separate main gas supplying line namely Badiana-Chawinda-Sialkot gas pipeline for Sialkot industries. He said that the project would be helpful in ensuring removal of complaints of low gas pressure.

Group Leader Sheikh Riaziddin, SCCI President Dr Sarfraz Bashir, SVP Mian Muhammad Anwar were Vice President Khawar were also present. In his address, the SCCI president stressed a need for early establishment of regional office and modern customers complaint cell at Sialkot to facilitate consumers.

“The domestic and industrial gas consumers are facing serious hardship due to the low pressure and loadshedding of gas,” said the SCCI president. “There is a need for taking drastic steps for redressal of the public complaints pertaining to low pressure of gas in cantonment area.”

The member of business community accused the SNGPL staff of bribe. He demanded complete overhauling of the staff for weeding corruption.