ISLAMABAD - Federal Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Dr Asim Hussain Friday said that the government is considering imposing ban import of CNG cylinders and kits and also stopping the production of CNG fitted cars in the country owing to the unavailability of gas. Dr Asim further said that a summary regarding imposition of ban on the import of CNG cylinder and kits and also stopping the production of CNG fitted cars for six to twelve months period has been moved to the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the Cabinet for approval, which would take it up in next meeting. CNG kits would only be installed in new commercial vehicles including public transports, he added. The Federal Minister said that government is working to specify separate CNG stations for public transport. Speaking in the National Assemblys Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs, the Petroleum Minister warned that country would face severe gas loadshedding in next few months, adding that he had already informed Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani in this regard. The Sindh and Balochistan provinces would also face gas shortage in the coming months, he observed. The government is providing gas to the fertilizer sector so that urea shortfall could be overcome. He informed the Committee that government needs Rs 200 billion for Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline and LNG project. The National Assemblys Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs, which met under the chair of its chairperson Fauzia Wahab, has passed two bills tiled The Petroleum Products (Petroleum Levy) Amendment Bill 2011 and Gas Infrastructure Development Cess Bill 2011. Dr Asim Hussain told the media that the government would be able to generate Rs 34 billion through Gas Infrastructure Development Cess Bill 2011, however, domestic consumers would be exempted from it. Similarly, some Rs 4 billion would be generated through the Petroleum Products (Petroleum Levy) Amendment Bill 2011. The government would be able to impose levy on LPG and CNG after the passage of Petroleum Products (Petroleum Levy) Amendment Bill 2011 that would increase the prices of CNG and LPG in the country. The Petroleum Products (Petroleum Levy Amendment) Bill, 2011 provides for imposition of levy keeping in view the requirements on the basis of international market and to add or delete certain petroleum products from the scope of fifth schedule of the petroleum products ordinance 1961. This amendment would eliminate exploitation of the supply and demand gap through cartelisation and artificial price hike. Moreover, these amendments would ensure clarity, certainty and effectiveness in the implementation of petroleum levy regime. The Gas Infrastructure Development Cess Bill, 2011 aims at introducing a new separate levy/cess to generate revenue for important projects of Iran-Pakistan Pipeline Project, Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-Iran (TAPI) Pipeline Project, LNG Import Projects, LPG Supply Enhancement Projects and Price Equalization of other alternate fuels. This will save direct burden of Sui companies consumer costs to be borne by general public.