Sunday, November 21, 2010

CNG station owners propose 3-hour shutdown rule

Bangladesh CNG Filling Station and Conversion Workshop Owners’ Association deplored that the government didn’t yet respond to the proposal they made before eid for keeping the gas stations closed for three hours a day, halving the current shutdown time.
“The proposal has been given in discussion with Petrobangla the day before the vacation of Eid-ul-Azha,” said Zakir Hossain, General Secretary of the association.
He told banglanews, “We are in uncertainty. Today, the 20th of the month, passed by but we are not getting any response from the government.”
The association leader also informed that they sat with Petrobangla before Eid where the association proposed to shut the CNG stations for three hours instead of six hours to ease the adversities facing the business.
The Petrobangla assured them that they would send their demand to the ministry and a decision would be taken in this regard.
Professor Dr Hossain Mansur, Chairman of Petrobangla, said, “We informed the ministry about the proposal of the association and the ministry would take the decision.”
Replying to a question about decision he said about a week left in the previously fixed timing. “The decision would be taken in the meantime.”
On October 2, the leaders of the association called strike from November 1 to press for withdrawing the government decision. They gave the government an ultimatum with October 31 as the deadline.
CNG station 
In this circumstance, the association leaders sat with state minister for energy Enamul Haque and discussed their 7-point demands and they postponed the strike till November 25. They will go on non-stop strike from November 26 if their demands are not fulfilled.
The gas-filling stations in Dhaka remain closed between 3:00pm and 9:00pm from August 16 as part of a government rationing plan for improving gas supply to power stations to address the exigencies of electricity crisis.
Later on September 22, Petrobangla issued an order upholding the previous decision on gas rationing.
On September 18, the owners of gas stations across the country threatened to go on strike soon in protest against the government measure for keeping closed the refueling pumps for six hours daily, after an emergency meeting of 14 zones of Bangladesh CNG Filling Station and Conversion Workshop Owners’ Association.
-Bangla News

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