Staff Reporter Peshawar
Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mahmood Khan while taking notice of the issues regarding load shedding and low pressure of gas in the province especially in provincial capital Peshawar, called the high ups of Sui Northern Gas Pipe Line (SNGPL) to his office on Friday.
Provincial Minister Taimur Salim Jhagra was also present on this occasion. The chief minister expressed serious concerns over the issues of gas low pressure for domestic consumers of the province and directed the General Manager SNGPL for necessary steps on urgent basis to resolve the issue within next 48 hours and submit a report accordingly adding that low pressure of gas in the province particularly in Peshawar would not be tolerated in any case.
He further directed the concerned authorities that the ongoing projects for the rehabilitation and improvement of gas supply infrastructure in the province be completed as soon as possible in order to ensure uninterrupted supply of gas to domestic consumers during the current winter season.
General Manager SNGPL assured the chief minister that the low pressure of gas in the province specially in Peshawar would be resolved on priority basis adding that SNGPL was taking curative steps on war footing for the purpose. He added that large size pipelines were being laid in the low pressure areas including Peshawar.
He further assured that there would be significant improvement within the next two to three days and the low pressure issue would be resolved.
General Manager SNGPL told that a 24/7 control room had been established to address consumers’ complaints regarding the low pressure of gas, consumers can lodge their complaints on landline number “091-9217777” and staff deputed in the control room would take immediate steps to address the complaint.
Briefing about the projects for rehabilitation of gas supply in the provincial capital Peshawar, GM SNGPL informed that 63 KM pipeline has been replaced at a cost of Rs. 104 Million during the last financial year adding that 123 KM pipeline would be replaced during the current financial year with a total cost of Rs. 203 Million in Peshawar District.
The GM told that work was underway on various other projects of rehabilitation of gas infrastructure in other districts of the province as well so that smooth supply of gas could be ensured to the people.