Islamabad - The All Pakistan Compressed Natural Gas Association has threatened to close down the gas stations if the ban on CNG cylinders in school vans is not reversed by the Sindh government.

The APCNGA yesterday criticised the ban imposed by the Sindh government.

“How can commissioner Karachi impose a ban on the use of CNG cylinders in school transport? It is an illegal decision and we are going to contest it on every forum,” central leader of the CNG association, Ghayas Paracha told The Nation. He said if the Sindh government fails to reverse the decision, the CNG association will close gas stations as protest. The ban will affect 25 percent business of the CNG sector, Paracha claimed, saying the ban will bankrupt the CNG sector in Sindh.

A press statement issued by the APCNGA termed the decision against the directives of the Supreme Court and encroachment upon the powers of the federal government. Paracha alleged the decision is based on mala fide intentions and is a bid to hide incompetent transport and traffic authorities. He added the federal government has allowed CNG kits in all private and transport vehicles but the provincial government has taken a decision which will benefit petrol mafia.

Paracha claimed the CNG cylinders are very safe and not a single incident of CNG cylinder blast has been recorded in the history of Pakistan. All blasts were result of illegal use of LPG cylinders in vehicles, faulty fittings or use of substandard and welded cylinders, he added. He said the traffic and transport authorities must come forward to take blame for the incidents which were result of their negligence.