ISLAMABAD Ogra has proposed 13.55 per cent increase in gas sale prices for all categories of consumers on the directions of Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources. Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (Ogra) chairman presented the proposal in a meeting of National Assembly standing committee on petroleum and natural resources. The committee met here Tuesday under Sardar Talib Hussain Nakai in the office of Oil and Gas Development Company. The committee members expressed their reservation over the proposal saying that increase in the gas prices would put additional burden on the people, besides affecting the investment in gas sector. The documents available with The Nation reveal that the said increase in gas price by the Ogra has been proposed for all types of consumers taking gas from Sui Northern Gas Supply Company (SSGC) and from Sui Southern Gas Supply Company (SSGC) systems. Minister for Petroleum Dr Asim told the committee that the system of gas distribution among the provinces was unjust and needed to be reviewed. Irregularities had been detected in gas sector and the prime minister had taken notice of it, he pointed out. Investigations were underway, he said. Dr Asim said the CNG outlets owners were earning huge profits as they get gas at around Rs23 per kg and sold it at about Rs56 per kg. He said the ministry had no methodology to check CNG cylinder fitted in the vehicles. He claimed that Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline would be completed in December, 2012 instead of 2014. In a shocking disclosure, Sui Northern Pipe Line (SNGPL) Managing Director Arif Hamid told the committee that no law was in place to take action against gas stealers. Petroleum Secretary Chaudhry Muhammad Ejaz claimed that tangible measures had been taken to overcome gas theft incidents, which was taking heavy toll on available gas. As part of such efforts, he said, a law was being prepared while taking all stakeholders on board to put permanent end to the gas theft issues and ensure uninterrupted supply to consumers. SNGPL MD told the committee that the company had taken numerous steps to recover outstanding amounts, but it has bills amounting to Rs21 billion outstanding with different departments. The MD said that 386-mmcf gas would be added to SNGPL system by end of the current year from Kunnar Pasakhi field, which would go a long way in ending gas shortage in the country. He also briefed the committee members about the Gas Load Management schedule and the priority being given to different sectors by the government. The committee expressed serious concerns over contractors charging Rs1,000 from consumers for test report for a gas connection. The committee directed Ogra to end ban on new gas schemes and expressed apprehension on gas theft laws. Some members also expressed their concern over the pace of development work in Dera Bugti area, saying that exploration and production companies were not doing adequate work for development of the area.