While the nation, maintained it woe of eating grass and being a nulcear power, it has stepped a ladder up in the process where Karachiites receiving no gas supply during their holy month of Ramzan. Ramadan, Karachi residents are dealing with gas supply interruptions in addition to historically high inflation and stagnant salaries.
The city has received several complaints about gas load shedding and shortages, and residents anticipate a serious cooking dilemma during the holy month. Lyari resident Saba Naveed told Dawn.com that her home has been without gas for almost four months.
The mother of three claimed that there is no gas pressure at all when the stove is turned on, adding that her family has switched over permanently to utilizing gas cylinders.
Saba explained that a 2.5 kg gas cylinder, which lasts for over two weeks, costs her Rs 600. “It’s not just about the cash… With three children around, all under the age of 10, utilizing a gas cylinder poses a serious risk, the woman added.
She added that despite several phone calls and trips to their Karachi office, the Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) had not offered assistance throughout the crises.
Saba further disclosed that the firm was billing them between Rs600 and Rs700 per month for the utilities despite the low supply.
The people of Gulshan-i-Iqbal, who live more than 15 kilometers away, are dealing with a comparable situation.
Usman, 28, told Dawn.com that “we only get gas for six hours a day.” “Gas is accessible from 2 to 4:30 in the morning and from 4 to 8 in the evening. Otherwise, our stove remains chilly all day.
Apart from himself, Usman is in charge of managing a home with six occupants, although he has been unemployed for more than six months. He already has a significant financial problem, and the gas scarcity has made matters worse.
“They charged us for the whole amount of the bills… On that, there can be no compromising. But only we are compromising when it comes to supplying gas. Is that right? He queried.
In contrast, Zohaib Ahmed, a resident of Gulshan-i-Iqbal Block 2, claimed that there was no gas at all in his neighborhood.
Several parts of the affluent Defence Housing Authority neighborhood, including Phase V, Phase I, Phase VI, and Phase VII, reportedly had gas shortages.
Safdar Khooharo, the SSGC spokeswoman, told Dawn.com that the company had not used load shedding anywhere in the nation.
However, he noted that some places would experience low pressure in part as a result of the approximately 20 to 20.5 million stoves that use gas simultaneously during sehri. Thus, Khooharo continued, “old gas lines may experience low pressure.”
The SSGC released a statement earlier on Wednesday soon as the Ramazan moon was seen, outlining the times for what it dubbed “gas profiling” throughout the holy month.
It first gave customers the assurance that they would receive gas without interruption during sehar and iftar. The corporation then clarified that a shortage in its system was caused by an annual reduction in the nation’s gas reserves of 8% to 9%.
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