ISLAMABAD, Dec 17 (APP):The Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) has so far collected an approximated amount of Rs4.7 billion on account of urgent gas connection fee since it launched the Fast Track System in 2014 after approval of Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA).
“Under the scheme, the company provides gas connection against urgent fee of Rs25,000. As many as 190,000 such applications have so far been received, out of which 170,000 connections have been provided across the SNGPL network,” official sources told APP.
They said a number of applications for gas connection on fast track basis could not be processed due to various reasons including submission of applications against open plot, disputed property, banned localities, illegal network, absence of residents, non-existence of gas network, non-installation of house line, commercial purpose and house locked.
However, the sources assured that remaining connections would be provided to the ‘feasible/online cases’ after completion of requisite formalities by the consumers, adding that the company was making all-out efforts to provide gas connections against the fast track scheme in shortest possible time.
Replying to a question about procedure of getting urgent gas connection, they said the SNGPL issues a demand notice six weeks after receiving the application and asking the applicant to deposit the fee, following which the gas connection is approved and gas meter is installed at consumer’s premises, after completing all required formalities.
Replying to another question, the sources said the company had received overall around 2.4 million applications for domestic connections during the last two years, while company was working on a target to add 0.6 million new consumers during the current fiscal year.
They said the company was providing gas connections to consumers on the basis of first come first serve. “All the information regarding new gas connection is available at the website of the company,” he added.
About the connection in the Islamabad territory, the sources, the company was entertaining the applications submitted by June 30, 2017, adding that both SNGPL and Sui Southern Gas Company Limited (SSGCL) companies were likely to provide over one million new gas connections in their respective areas during the fiscal year 2018-19.