ISLAMABAD - The LPG Distributors Association underlined the need for the government to take solid measures for promoting LPG as alternate fuel to overcome energy shortage in the country. Talking to APP on Tuesday, the association’s Chairman Irfan Khokhar was of the view since it took time to build infrastructure in short period for import of the Liquified Natural Gas (LNG), thus the government could promote the LPG as alternate fuel to immediately ease energy crisis, confronting the country.

He said the LPG association would be fully co-operating with the government by providing workable proposals to it to resolve issues for promotning LPG to extend immediate relief to consumers who were already faced with high prices of daily-use commodities.

Replying to a question, he said efforts were under way to inaugurate the first LPG as gift to the nation on August 14 in Mandra, Rawalpindi in order to provide environment-friendly and safe fuel to consumers.

He said the construction work had been started on the facility, which would be inaugurated by a high official of the government, adding the measure would go a long way to provide relief to the motorists.

Answering another question, he added, in total, the Cress LPG, Private Company Limited has planed to establish as many as 1000 Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) auto gas stations, across the country.

He hoped the initiative would be encouraged at government level as it could not afford for long to supply gas to the CNG sector which had no future in the country where power shortage was badly hitting the masses.

“We have high hopes from government to take effective steps for provision of relief to common people by promoting the LPG and opening its filling stations, across the country,” he observed.

He also called upon the government to take notice of frequent raises in prices of the commodity to extend relief to consumers in the holy month of Ramazan.

He said the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) should play its role by taking action against the unethical forces in the LPG sector, that were extracting money through unjustified raises.