LAHORE Following the decision by the federal government taken during the National Energy Policy Summit, the Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) has announced one-day weekly gas loadshedding for CNG stations and industrial sector. The loadshedding will begin from today (Tuesday) in Punjab and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa provinces. According to the official sources, in order to address the prevailing energy crisis, the decision has been taken to suspend the gas supply to the industries and CNG stations one day in a week, while the saved gas would be diverted to power sector to minimise the ongoing electricity shortage in the country. In this regard, the SNGPL has divided the gas load management into four zones. According to the new schedule, CNG sector would observe weekly gas holiday on every Tuesday from 6:00 am till Wednesday 6:00 am. The authorities have divided Lahore into two zones and according to the schedule announced on Monday, the gas supply would be suspended to Lahore-I and Lahore-II zones from Tuesday (6:00 am) to Wednesday (6:00 am). Similarly, the gas supply would be suspended to Faisalabad region from Wednesday (6:00 am) to Thursday (6:00 am). However, the gas supply to Bahawalpur, Multan, Gujranwala, Islamabad, Peshawar and Abbottabad would be suspended from Thursday (6:00 am) to Friday (6:00 am). Meanwhile, Chairman all Pakistan CNG Association (Punjab), Shuja Anwar, when contacted, said the CNG stations would be closed down to observe weekly gas loadshedding, adding that in order to support the government decision, the association would close down the CNG stations to observe one-day weekly gas loadshedding initially for two weeks only. But in case the government again failed to improve power supply situation in the country, we will not shut down the CNG stations any more and stop cooperating with the authorities in this regard, he warned. Meanwhile, the city district administration imposed Section 144 in the provincial capital to implement the governments orders to close the markets and other business activities till 8:00 pm for the conservation of energy. According to sources at DCO Office, no business in markets would be allowed to remain open till 8:00 pm either by UPS or generator while marriage functions in parks or halls would be ended till 10:00 pm. The sources added that special teams were formed at town and district level to inspect implementation of the energy plan and any violation in this regard would not be tolerated. Monitoring desk adds: A private TV channel has reported President All Pakistan CNG Association Gias Paracha as saying that a consensus had been reached on closing down the CNG stations in Sindh and Balochistan, but no day had been decided yet.