LAHORE - The Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry Wednesday urged the government to start work on Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline and complete it as early as possible.

In a statement issued here, the LCCI President Irfan Qaiser Sheikh said that the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry had credible reports that the work on this multi-million dollar project is stalled for unknown reasons but is unable to understand the causes of the delay in this highly beneficial project of national importance when the gas pricing formula had already agreed in 2009 and Tehran and Islamabad had also inked the final agreement to launch the project by spring 2014.

The LCCI President said that the Iranian government had already completed its part of the project and if Pakistani authorities show some interest, the pipeline would complete much earlier than the stipulated period which is actually need of the hour.

Irfan Qaiser Sheikh said that the severest-ever shortage of gas in the country calls for extraordinary measures on war footing and the people sitting at the helm of affairs should gear up their efforts for the early completion of the project.