Govt bans new connections due to gas shortage: Musadik

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Petroleum Musadik Masood Malik on Tuesday said that currently, the government has imposed a ban on expansion in the domestic network due to the shortage of gas. Speaking in the Senate session during question hour, he said the same shall be reviewed upon improvement in gas supplies and removal of pricing distortion.

The minister said that new policies regarding gas production would be brought in the next two weeks, adding, the results of these policies could be seen in the next four years.

Replying to a question, he said that the total indigenous production of natural gas and volume with a percentage share of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa during the last three years was 11.09 MMCF in 2019-20, 12.27 MMCF in 2020-21 and 12.00 MMCF in 2021-22.
Furthermore, he said that this ban was imposed by the previous government and added it even changed the OGRA rules.

He said that as per the rules, gas was provided to those provinces where it is being produced. It is in the “deep interest of the country” to continue the ban on gas connections till the end of its shortage, he added. (APP)