Minister vows zero tolerance for gas pilferage

ISLAMABAD: Petroleum Minister Omar Ayub Khan said on Saturday that there would be zero tolerance against gas pilferage and directed the gas companies to take required measures to bring down the Unaccounted for Gas (UFG) ratio.

He told the management of Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) and Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) that there should be no leniency in reducing the UFG loses, directing them to make their anti-gas theft operation more effective.

Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Petroleum Nadeem Babar on the occasion vowed that the ongoing countrywide drive against gas pilferers would get more strength in the coming days, as the “government believed in across the board action against the elements causing a dent to the national exchequer.

Meanwhile, the SSGC, under its anti-gas theft drive, carried out numerous operations in Karachi, Larkana and Sukkur regions and removed 47 illegal domestic and three commercial connections.

Besides, it unearthed and removed illegal pipelines from the localities and lodged first information reports (FIRs) against the gas pilferers.

In another operation in Karachi, the gas company team removed the illegal supply line from an apartment building where around 350 people were residing.

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