ISLAMABAD  – The domestic consumers are facing a lot of difficulties in cooking and heating during icy winter which has broken record of past 50 years in the Federal Capital.

Since the start of current severe cold wave, the low gas pressure has added to the problems of residents as they are forced to opt for other energy  options for cooking and heating homes. “The gas pressure is almost zero in the morning and evening and as a result we have to go to hotels and ‘tandoors’(bread baking ovens) to get cooked food which is quite expensive,” Shabana said here on Sunday.

She said that concerned officials of the government had time and again assured for smooth supply of natural gas to the domestic residents but the problem is still persisting. According to a survey conducted by this scribe, the residents of Sectors G-6, G-7, F-6/1, G-9, I-10, I-9 and F-7 face low or zero gas pressure.  The residents of Rawalpindi including Committee Chowk, Al-Mumtaz Colony, Adiala Road, Gulshanabad, Tahli Morri, Dehri Hassanabad, Saddar, Babar Colony are also facing the problem of low gas pressure. Munir Ahmed, a domestic consumer told APP that even closure of all Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) stations has not eased the situation.

He informed that use of Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) as alternative energy resource has put extra burden on his pocket. Asima, a housewife said that she was unable to cook breakfast for her spouse and children and they went to office and schools without food.

When contacted, an official of Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) admitted that consumers in some localities were facing low gas pressure. He, however, claimed that the company is making its best efforts to overcome the gas crisis and ensure smooth supply of gas to domestic consumers with proper pressure.