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Govt must prove a single CNG cylinder blast before taking illegal steps

Ghayas ParachaLahore:The All Pakistan CNG Association (APCNGA) on Friday bitterly criticised the decision of Sindh Government to ban CNG cylinders in school vans terming it against the directives of the Supreme Court and encroachment upon the powers of Federal Government.

The decision is illegal and based on mala fide intentions and a bid to hide incompetence of transport and traffic authorities.

Federal Government has allowed CNG kits in all private and transport vehicles but provincial government has taken a decision which will benefit petrol mafia, said Ghiyas Abdullah Paracha.

In a statement issued here today, he said that dozens of the countries continue to promote CNG, the cheapest and safest fuel which also help governments cut oil import bill but here the situation is different.

He said that CNG cylinders are very safe and not a single incident of CNG cylinder blast has been recorded in the history of Pakistan. All incidents were result of illegal use of LPG cylinders in vehicles, faulty fittings or use of faulty, substandard and welded cylinders in vehicles, he added.

Ghiyas Paracha said that traffic and transport authorities must come forward to take blame for the incidents which were result of their negligence.

He said Ogra has also declared CNG cylinders safe and LPG cylinders unsafe therefore both should not be treated at par.

The leader of the CNG sector said that CNG is being used in public transport on the directives of Supreme Court which cannot be violated.

CNG operators would protest if the illegal decision was not taken back immediately, he warned.

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