As if the Karachi population had not been bothered by sporadic blackouts and low gas pressure, the Southern Gas Company Sui (SSGC) on Tuesday announced a reduction in commodity supplies from the Naimat basalt field.
A statement issued by the gas company said the supply to their system had decreased. There was a technical fault at the Naimat Basal Gas Field.
SSGC said that due to technical problems, there was a shortage of 100 million cubic feet per day (mmcfd). The low pressure has made it very difficult to meet the high demand from the industrial and domestic sectors, he added.
The statement said the SSGC line package had been affected due to low pressure in Karachi, adding that areas far away in the city or at the far end of the company’s network would face the most problems in gas supply.
SSGC said efforts were being made to correct faults in the gas field, adding that the 100 mmcfd gas supply would resume from late at night and the pressure would be better.
“Efforts are being made to meet the demands of commercial and domestic users, in accordance with the government’s gas load management policy,” the statement read. “We are doing our best to meet the demands of the commercial and domestic sectors through our gas load management policies.”
The residents of Karachi regret that their life is made miserable during this winter which is very difficult to endure due to frequent cold weather which causes mercury to drop into single digits.
Areas such as Saddar, Lyari, Keamari, Lines Area, DHA, Clifton, PECHS and PIB Colony were among the worst affected parts of the city. Also affected were the Malir area, Kota Surjani, Korangi, North Nazimabad, Nazimabad, North Karachi, New Karachi, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Safoora Chowrangi, Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Jafar-e-Tayyar Society, Saudabad, Khokhrapar, Kharadar and Martin Quarters.
“The situation in our area is already very bad,” said Salman of Nazimabad, adding that now that the gas company has officially announced a reduction in gas supply, they fear the worst. “Over the last few days we’ve been relying on takeaway because we don’t have an adequate supply of gas.”
Residents of South Regency, especially those in Saddar City and DHA, are facing the worst situation. A tea shop owner in Saddar market said he had to buy a gas cylinder
continues to make tea for his customers.
“We have commercial gas meters, but now we have to buy gas cylinders,” he complained. He gave an example, because the gas pressure is low, it takes at least two hours to boil water.
DHA residents say they have learned to deal with such situations in winter. “We have purchased an electric geyser for every bathroom in our house,” said Nuzhat, who lives near Khadda Market. He lamented that they had no gas after sunset.