LAHORE  - The All Pakistan CNG Association (APCNGA) on Tuesday rejected latest gas load management plan prepared by the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources, terming it against the interests of masses, violation of law and agreements and against the ground realities.

Complete gas closure for the critical Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) sector for the months in winter is not acceptable under any circumstances as it will add to the plight of masses, dilemma of CNG operators and hurt limping economy, it said.

Government decision to deprive people of Punjab from CNG during December, January and February would face stiff resistance by the CNG operators, transporters and masses, warned Ghiyas Abdullah Paracha, Chairman Supreme Council APCNGA. In a statement issued here Tuesday, he said that the decision has been taken to please influential sectors which will boost oil import bill, drain inadequate forex reserves, bring exchange rate under further pressure, imbalance trade and pave way for heavy revenue losses.

The recommendation of petroleum ministry will hurt tens of millions of people across country, leave commuters in a lurch, result in widespread unemployment and degrade environment at an exceptional pace, he added.