Closure of CNG stations to stoke economic crisis: Minister

Karachi: Sindh Minister for Environment Sheikh Muhammad Afzal on Thursday said that the closure of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Stations would not only increase environmental pollution but also stoke the economic crisis.

According to a survey, 11 percent reduction in environmental pollution had occurred due to CNG vehicles, while at present 3.3 million vehicles are operating on CNG, he said in a statement.

Minister said CNG was a environment-friendly fuel and should be promoted to eradicate pollution. He said Sui Gas department should strive to discover new gas reservoirs of natural gas instead of suspending supply to CNG stations.

He said the CNG-bus project for Karachi costing up to Rs 80 million must be initiated to reduce the environmental pollution. A total of 35 CNG stations are operating in Pakistan and Rs 200 billion has been invested on this sector so far. Afzal also called for converting four stroke rickshaws on two-stroke.

He said an example of neighbouring country should considered as in Delhi all vehicles were operating on CNG that significantly reduced the pollution level. He said it was a need of the hour to hammer out solution to this problem.

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