In light of the escalating natural gas crisis in Peshawar, the district administration has recently declared the temporary closure of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) stations. This measure, effective from January 1 to January 31, aims to prioritize the distribution of gas to domestic consumers amid the severe shortage experienced by the city and its outskirts.
Over the past three days, the region has been grappling with a pronounced gas deficit, resulting in disrupted availability during peak hours. Responding to the significant disparity between demand and supply, Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) formally requested the closure of CNG stations, leading to the official implementation of this decision.
The scarcity has compelled consumers to seek alternative energy sources, such as Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) and fuelwood. A notification recently highlighted that the natural gas shortfall, especially during the peak winter season, has caused disruptions and raised concerns related to law and order. In response to these challenges, domestic consumers have been queuing at LPG shops, while establishments such as eateries and tandoors have turned to large LPG cylinders to sustain their operations.
Residents in certain outskirts, including areas along the Ring Road, Bara Road, and Kohat Road, such as Htakhara, Sarband, and Sangu, are encountering difficulties with both gas and electricity supply amid the chilly weather. Consequently, both urban and rural communities have called upon the government to ensure uninterrupted gas and electricity services for at least a few hours, addressing the pressing needs of the affected population.
A spokesperson for SNGPL has officially confirmed that the decision to close CNG stations is a direct response to the ongoing gas crisis. Additionally, SNGPL has announced a Kuli Kachehri on the 4th of January to further address and engage with the concerns of the public.