PM directs rationalizing gas tariff, precedence to domestic consumers

Jun 28, 2013

ISLAMABAD, Jun 27 (APP): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Thursday directed the Ministry of Petroleum to rationalize gas tariffs to safeguard common man’s interest and give domestic consumers precedence in gas distribution formula over other sectors.

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Chairing a high level meeting convened to discuss gas shortfall held here at the Prime Minister’s Office, the Prime Minister said that all resources be exploited and all avenues explored to overcome gas shortfall in the country. He said that different options to import gas from the neighboring countries be examined to overcome the shortage.The Prime Minister was told that work on Iran-Pak Gas Pipeline Project and Tajikistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) Gas Pipeline Project is in progress and that India was also interested in exporting LNG to Pakistan.
The meeting was informed that domestic consumption of gas constitutes 28% of the total national use of the natural resource.
The meeting was further informed that in order to bridge the gap between demand and supply of gas in the country, load management of gas was done and this was particularly so during the winter season when the demand for gas increased exponentially.
The meeting was attended by Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Minister for Petroleum Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, Minister of State for Petroleum Jam Kamal Khan, Special Assistant to the Prime Minster Dr. Musadiq Malik, senior officials of the Prime Minister’s Office and Ministry of Petroleum.

(Courtesy: Associated Press of Pakistan)