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CM Sindh writes letter to PM; complains about Punjab

Karachi: Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah has written a letter to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and has complained about elevation of gas projects in Punjab.

The letter read that the federal government had approved 97 gas projects, mostly located in Punjab, worth more than Rs37 billion. The CM raised question that how Punjab was being permitted for it and Sindh not as the federal government itself had imposed moratorium on expansion of gas provision schemes.

Shah further stated the action is against Article-158 which deals with the priority to the province. Shah wrote that Punjab only produced 3 percent of the natural gas in the country while consumed 42 percent of the total.

Article-158 read that the province from where the gas has been explored is to be given the priority over others

He complained that thousands of applications were still pending in both urban and rural areas of the Sindh and Sui Southern Gas Company Limited (SSGCL) has remained unable to complete projects which were funded by the Sindh government in 2012.

He further said that while projects were to be initiated in Punjab but SSGCL was not taking action on requests for provision of gas in Sindh referring the ban of federal.

The letter read that SSGCL has rejected to supply gas to Khairpur Special Economic Zone and to other nine small industrial estates though the Sindh government has already made payments for them.

Murad Ali Shah requested the Prime Minister to lift the ban and to provide the Sindh province its due share in natural gas.