ISLAMABAD: Sui Northern Gas (SNG) has suspended the supply of gas to Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) stations all over Punjab and Islamabad for three days.
Sources said that the decision was taken to suspend the gas supply to CNG stations to mitigate the woes of domestic consumers in the intense cold weather.
According to the decision, the gas supply will remain disconnected from Wednesday evening at 6 pm to Saturday evening till 6pm.
CDA instals 37 water filtration plants: The Minister of State for Interior and Narcotics Control, Muhammad Baleeghur-Rehman on Wednesday told the Senate that the Capital Development Authority (CDA) had installed 37 water filtration plants in Islamabad to provide clean drinking water to the residents.
Speaking during the Question Hour in the House, the minister said 34 plants were fully operational while only three were closed due to the repair work of the tube-wells.
He said the operation and maintenance of water filtration plants was contracted out. A fresh contract for 2016-17 was under process. The plants' maintenance at present was being carried out departmentally under the administrative control of the Deputy Director with a team of supervisory staff, he added.
To another question, the minister said during the last three years 266,412 Pakistanis were deported to Pakistan due to various reasons and they were dealt with in accordance with the law.
He said that Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif had directed all the Pakistani embassies to provide every possible assistance to the stranded Pakistanis (in foreign countries).
Baleegh said 37 deportees were returned to the European Union countries because they were sent to Pakistan without due process of law i.e. verification of their national status, as required under standard operating procedures (SOPs) for deportation from abroad.
Regarding encroachment of the CDA land, the minister said there were some huts along the road and a proposal regarding their removal was earlier formulated but due to a restraining order passed by the Supreme Court the action against the said illegal encroachments could not be actualised.
The minister said the action was outside the mandate of katchi abadis (slums) and was being taken by the respective team on a daily basis, precisely for movable encroachment.
Baleeghur-Rehman said some land of the Capital Development Authority (CDA) was under adverse possession. In order to determine the exact acreage of the detail field a survey was being started, he added.
Call for new industrial estate in Islamabad: Establishment of a new Industrial Estate in Islamabad region has become essential to promote trade and exports with China and Central Asian countries and the government should accelerate efforts to realise this goal, observed former Senator Syed Zafar Ali Shah while addressing the business community at the Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
He said the CPEC project was poised to change the business dynamics in Pakistan while the next century was termed the century of Asia and the business community should get ready to face the coming challenges to compete effectively in the new scenario.
Syed Zafar Ali Shah said the business community was playing an important role in the development of the local economy and all relevant organisations including IESCO, SNGPL, FBR and the CDA should play a facilitative role in the better growth of business activities. It would help in creating new jobs and reducing unemployment in the region as well. He said that he had old relations with the ICCI and assured that he would cooperate with the Chamber in efforts aimed at redressal of key issues of the business community.