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Saeed Ahmed
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
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ISLAMABAD

 

Hundreds of consumers who have applied for gas connections and also paid demand notes 8 months ago are still not entertained by the Sui Northern Gas Pipeline Limited (SNGPL) officials, which speak volume of the inefficiency of this department. Instead of providing gas connections, the concerned officials give lame excuses to the consumer regarding delay in their cases.

 

The aggrieved parties, who had paid the demand note and fulfilled all legal formalities for getting gas connections, described their anguish and concern while talking to this scribe, over the failure of the SNGPL authorities in providing them gas connections since the past 8 months.

 

Talking to ‘The News’, some of the affectees Akhtar Hussain of Army Colony, Dhoke Munshi Khan, holding Customer ID No. (89443800001), Ch. Ghulam Mohammad of Quaid-i-Azam Colony, Dhoke Munshi Khan, Chaklala, holding Customer ID No (4737293411) and Abdul Rahman, son of Faqir Bhaksh, ID No (2369314195), alleged that according to rules of the department stated on website, SNGPL is entitled to provide gas connections to the people within 45 days of payment of demand note. While showing their demand notes, they claimed that they had paid demand note in November 2012, which means more than seven months have passed, but the SNGPL authorities have failed to provide them gas connections. In order to get gas connection, they also got their cases recommended by SNGPL General Manager, Zia Mahmood, twice. However, despite his recommendations, SNGPL remained reluctant to provide connections during the past eight months. “Every time the concerned official asks us and other consumers to visit after 15 days for getting connections. On the directions of the officials we even got our cases recommended by SNGPL Managing Director Arif Hameed, who asked us to approach new General Manager, Mohammad Javed, assuring us that he would do the job immediately. However, when the consumers went to SNGPL General Manager Mohammad Javed, instead of following the directions of managing director, he also gave us another one month on pretext or another,” said Abdul Rahman.

 

When this scribe contacted SNGPL Managing Director Arif Hameed, he said the new government is devising a fresh policy for giving connections to all applicants, who had paid their demand notes. “As soon as the policy is finalised and enforced the complaints of people would be alleviated,” he added.

 

When contacted SNGPL General Manager Mohammad Javed gave the same reply asking them to wait for another one month. He said that the new minister is devising the policy after which SNGPL would provide connections to the applicants.