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January 15, 2011

People start using coal and firewood as fuel


January 15, 2011

People, facing immense problems due to scarcity of gas, have started using alternative energy sources like coal and firewood for preparing food and heating their houses.
Ironically, the purchase of firewood and coal has become an additional burden on the people. For instance, besides paying gas bills despite being deprived of the facility these days, they are spending money on the purchase of firewood and coal to keep themselves warm and prepare their meals.
Taking advantage of the situation, dealers have increased the price of wood and coal further aggravating the problem for the people.
A special type of stove is being sold in bazaars, which has become additional business for traders and shopkeepers. Coal and firewood are used in the stove to produce energy.
Besides this, the business class and upper class as well as middle class also buying gas cylinders for their homes whose prices have also been doubled since gas shortage occurred a month ago. However, people do not prefer to buy kerosene oil because it proves very expensive to them because of its high price.
Maqsood Ahmed, a resident of Dhoke Chiraghdin, said people are once again returning to old age when there were no facilities of gas and electricity. People till mid seventies were producing fire with the help of woods, coal and kerosene oil since the creation of Pakistan due to lack of facilities, he said. Thereafter, the situation began to improve with the recovery of Sui gas and every one after getting connections both legal and illegal availed the facilities of gas in their homes. Now every home has gas stoves, heaters etc but due to scarcity of Sui gas they are lying useless, Maqsood said.
Naeem Mehboob, a resident of Arya Mohallah, cursed the authorities for making life of people difficult to live particularly in this modern age. Instead of making advance, due to concerned officials and leaders, we are taking a reverse gear.
In many localities of the city,

housewives asked why the government both at federal and provincial level are not taking any step to minimise the grievances of people. The issue like gas shortage is well into their notice but no effective measure is being taken to overcome this problem.
President, Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mahfooz Elahi reacting to the issue urged the higher courts to direct the authorities to take steps to ensure constant and uninterrupted supply of gas.
The gas shortage with electricity loadshedding have forced a large number of industries and small and medium enterprises to close down. He further said that this problem has resulted in the loss of more than 400,000 jobs and is inflicting on the industrial sector a loss of over Rs220 billion annually.

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