LAHORE - Despite hectic efforts of government, the gas shortages would continue for further two to three years especially during winter seasons, The Nation has learnt. Having current short fall of 400 mmcfd, the SNGPL has no option to meet the parallel demands of uninterrupted gas supply for domestic, CNG stations and industry sector rather the shortfall will further increase by 100 to 150 mmcfd in coming days when the temperature will further decrease, a high official of the company seeking anonymity said. The domestic consumers especially of tail end cities Jehlum, Lala Mosa, Sialkot were facing severe problem of gas shortages. The CNG sector was also protesting for gas supply. About 0.7 million applications for new connection have been pending while company was installing about 0.1 million connection every year, it was learnt. The gas would not be available from Iran before 2015 while the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India gas pipeline project (TAPI) was yet a dream because of many security issues related to this project. However, the quick solution was the import of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), he said. The government will soon initiate 'Tight Gas Project which would prove helpful to meet the gas needs. America has successfully launched the above said project which decreased its dependence on Qatar, he told. Elaborating further about the project, the official said that the gas could be sucked from the sides of a well through rocks by digging. The import of LNG is good option, however, it should be faster. The Punjab government and private sector were doing efforts in this regard. Yet, the whole process was so slow and it will take not less than three years to meet the needs of the gas, he said. Currently, OGDCL, PPL, POL, Dewan Group, OMV, BHP, BP, MOL and other national and international companies were the investors in gas field and have many success stories yet the number of wells should be increases, he said. He said Japan and Korea have no domestic gas and import LNG. We as an individual and as a nation should conserve energy and consume less gas during winter at homes, he said adding that the more consumption of gas at homes would increase gas shortages.