KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah on Thursday threatened to cut off gas supply to the rest of the country.
Addressing a Sindh Assembly session, Shah said that the Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) was not providing gas supply to the 100-megawatt Nooriabad power plant. “If Sindh’s concerns over gas distribution are not addressed by the end of the week, we will cut off the supply,” he said. “The supply of 20 million cubic feet of gas per day (mmcfd), approved during the tenure of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) government, is not being provided. If they do not sign the order, we will storm their offices in Karachi,” he said. The CM went on to add that the Sindh government would “take over SSGC” by force, if necessary”. “The provincial government had to supply electricity to K-Electric from the Nooriabad plant in April, but we are not being able to do so. SSGC has been using delaying tactics for the last four months,” he said. In a statement, SSGC Chairman Miftah Ismail said that company was ready to address the concerns expressed by the Sindh CM. “However, any unilateral action will be a violation of the Constitution,” he said. “SSGC is ready to supply gas to the power plant, provided the management of the plant submits the admissible security deposit of Rs 1 billion,” he said. “As soon as the deposit is submitted, SSGC will connect the plant as the necessary infrastructure in this regard has already been completed. The plant’s management is aware of it,” he said.
Bilawal Bhutto: PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Thursday said that the people were fed up with the federal government over gas and electricity load-shedding. “The federal government is torpedoing Sindh government’s efforts to generate its own electricity by refusing a gas connection to its power plant,” he said.
He said this while talking to Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, who called on him at Bilawal House on Thursday.
“The Nawaz government has launched Rs 37 billion gas projects for his cronies in a particular belt, but they are not providing gas to the Nooriabad plant,” he said.