As gas stocks run out, the government stops giving people gas 24 hours a day.
Musadik Malik, who is the Minister of State for Petroleum in Karachi, said on Wednesday that people can’t get gas around the clock because gas stocks are going down.
Pakistan gets most of its energy from natural gas, and because of rising demand and a lack of supply, loadshedding happens every day in many parts of the country.
During Ramadan, when people in Pakistan use more gas for cooking and other things, especially during the times of sehri and iftar, this problem gets worse.
But in a chat with journalists in Karachi, the minister said that the gas loadshedding would end between lunch and dinner. He did not give an exact time. “We can’t sell gas 24 hours a day because we don’t have enough on hand.”
Recently, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif heard that people in Karachi were running out of gas. He told the right people to make sure that the gas kept coming in.
He said that the process of getting gas should be watched and that carelessness shouldn’t be allowed.
The gap between gas supply and demand is getting bigger, so the Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) decided last week to stop sending gas to captive power plants and businesses.
The gas company said that the choice was made because there isn’t enough gas. It said that the amount of gas in pipelines has gone down because the flow has gone down.
In reaction, the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) asked the government to do something right away about the industries in Karachi not getting enough gas. They said that the industries couldn’t work without gas and would have to stop making things.
The president of the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI), Muhammad Tariq Yousuf, said, “It’s very unfair to think that way about Karachi’s business community, which, despite facing so many obstacles and problems, contributes around 54% of exports and more than 68% of revenue.”
Malik told reporters that he went to Karachi to fix the people’s problems with getting gas, and he asked them to make sure they paid their utility fees.
“The rich and poor now have different gas bills, and the rich will have to pay more,” said the minister of state for energy.