Federal Minister for Petroleum Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has directed the Sui Northern Gas Pipeline Ltd (SNGPL) not to issue any demand note to applicants for meter connections unless and until the pending cases are completed.
According to high officials of the SNGPL, including Regional Manager, Rawalpindi, Muhammad Javed and Deputy Chief of Maintenance and Installation Department Mukhtar, about 350,000 cases of meter connections are pending with the department which is a heavy load on the department to entertain all of them.
The officials were responding to a question, when contacted by this correspondent over a large number of complaints of people alleging that the department has failed to provide them gas connections for the last one year despite paying demand notes.
According to the Regional Manager Muhammad Javed the minister is devising a new policy to install new connections. Till then, the people who have applied for gas connection and have paid securities/demand note in the year 2013 would have to wait for another five to six months for getting connections. Cases of applicants of the year 2012 are being entertained serial-wise.
Similar kind of reply was given by Deputy Chief Mukhtar. He said that the SNGPL officials are helpless to entertain the applicants who had applied for new connections in the year 2013 and also paid their securities in this regard. He said the SNGPL, as list issued by the concerned ministry, is providing connections to those applicants who had applied in the year 2012. After that cases of the year 2013 would be entertained. These applicants have to wait for another six months, he said.
However, a staff member working in Emergency Section of SNGPL, on condition of anonymity, informed that problems are being created by officials of SNGPL deliberately. He denied the claims of officials that minister is devising any policy for installation of new gas connections. He alleged that the people who pay gratification to any staff member of SNGPL, new connections are installed immediately.