Lahore: All Pakistan CNG Association (APCNGA) on Monday said that Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority has started issuing new licenses to those CNG stations which fulfil all essential requirements.
The association further said that with promoting CNG over imported fuel, government is not only fostering this sector but also successfully initiated its journey to reduce urban pollution, oil import bill along with increase in employment opportunities.
The government has taken number of commendable steps including removing the ban on setting up new CNG stations, said Ghiyas Abdullah Paracha, Central Chairman APCNGA on Monday.
Now OGRA has started issuing licenses for new CNG outlets to those who fulfil all the formalities while the ban on import of CNG kits has also been lifted and import duty, as well as sales tax has been slashed to promote its imports, he added.
Paracha said that now latest CNG kits would be available in the country resulting in 15 percent extra mileage which translates in to savings.
He said that availability of private imported LNG and other steps will trigger its usage and conversion of vehicles to environment-friendly economical fuel which will help masses save up to 40 percent travelling costs.
He noted that government’s decisions will result in new investment opportunities, creating almost three hundred thousand new jobs. Also this fuel will be available in the areas where it was not available earlier.
Promotion of this fuel will reduce urban pollution by 25 percent within two years, he said, adding that CNG emits significantly less pollution than other fuels, therefore, it is being encouraged by dozens of countries.
He requested that government should ensure compliance by different subordinate departments for the success of the initiative.