City govt to set up 40 CNG stations

Dawn 27/02/08 The City District Government Karachi will set up 40 compressed natural gas (CNG) stations in the metropolis under public-private partnership at various bus terminals and depots of the defunct Karachi Transport Corporation. Naib Nazim Nasreen Jalil said this while talking to Chairman CNG Station Owners Association of Pakistan (CNG-SOAP) Malik Khuda Bukh, who called on her at her office on Wednesday. She said that the country's progress in the CNG industry would help realise the dream of pollution-free environment. She said the government was working for the betterment of the city's infrastructure. They were making all out efforts to ensure pollution-free environment in the metropolis, she said, adding that a model fitness and vehicle testing station was being set up to cope with growing vehicle-related pollution. The association chairman was satisfied that there was no shortage of gas in Sindh. He said that 1,923 CNG stations were working across the country, while 1.65 million vehicles were running on CNG. He said 40 per cent of these CNG-run vehicles were in Karachi. The naib nazim was informed that Sindh had also provided 47 million cubic feet gas to Sui Northern Gas Company, when the Punjab province was hit by gas shortage in winter. She was also told that Karachi needed some 200 CNG stations to meet the growing demand.