ISLAMABAD - Once again the poor masses have become the ultimate victim of Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limiteds (SNGPL) natural gas load management plan, it practiced to overcome a shortfall of 325 million cubic feet of natural gas per day. Tuesday witnessed the worst humiliation of commuters at bus stops across the twin cities owing to the shortage of public transport, which run on the Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), while those who were plying their vehicles on cities busiest routes did not complete their routes on the excuse of non-availability of CNG. Exchange of harsh words and abusive language were also witnessed between the drivers of these vehicles and the commuters as due to the aforementioned problems everyone was trying to board the available vehicle at first. Taking advantage of the prevailing situation the transporters were demanding extra Rs3 to Rs4 to the scheduled fares for the destination giving the reason that they were using petrol to run their vehicles. The decision on one part perturbed the commuters while on the other it also affected the daily wage employees at the CNG filling stations as according to them their one-day salary also fell prey to that decision. The mess was created when SNGPL, in a bid to overcome a shortfall of 325 million cubic feet of natural gas per day, announced a 24-hour suspension of gas to the CNG stations in Islamabad region. Islamabad region includes Islamabad city besides districts of Rawalpindi division. Meanwhile, the government is going to hike the price of CNG up to Rs8 per Kg from January 1, 2010 on the pretext of saving natural gas resources. Condemning the decision in strongest words, the consumers lashed out at the government saying the government should figure out some permanent solution to the lurking problem instead of suggesting use of petrol. Abid Hayyat, Vice Chairman Potohar Region, All Pakistan CNG Association (APCNGA) commenting on the situation said that the government had requested them that owing to the low-pressure complaints at domestic use level, they should help it (the government) out by closing CNG filling pumps. However, the office-bearer said that the representatives of APCNGA had formally requested the quarters concerned to keep a margin of 40 percent to 60 percent in the prices of CNG and petrol and principally they had assured us in this regard. But if the government surged the prices of CNG from December 1 APCNGA would be left with with no option but to close their filling pumps as in case the prices of petrol and CNG would come to the same level and as a result people would prefer use of petrol, he added.