CNG stations seek uninterrupted sales for three days before Eid
The owners of compressed natural gas (CNG) filling stations have sought that the government lift its six-hour suspension on fuel sales for at least three days before Eid, as millions of homebound people will rush for the fuel.
"We talked today (yesterday) the issue with the president of FBCCI [Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry]. The apex trade body will send a letter to the energy ministry in this regard tomorrow (today)," said Zakir Hossain Nayan, secretary general of Bangladesh CNG Filling Stations and Conversion Workshops Owners Association, yesterday.
The partial closure of CNG filling stations has been in place since August 16 as per the government's August 12 instruction.
As many as 565 such filling stations countrywide were asked to shut those from 3 in the afternoon to 9 at night to free up gas for household consumers and power stations during Ramadan.
Nayan said the government should now allow them to operate round-the-clock at least for a few days before the Muslims' largest religious festival.
"Most city-dwellers go to their homes or villages during Eid. So the rush to the CNG will be huge," he told The Daily Star. "If the government does not withdraw the ban, the traffic situation will worsen further."
The association leader also pointed to the daily revenue loss at 30 percent, or Tk 1.5 crore because of the partial shutdown.
The 565 filling stations, mostly located in Dhaka and Chittagong, supply gas to over 200,000 CNG-run systems.
There are also 150 CNG conversion workshops across the country.