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Non-payment of dues: gas supply to Prime Minister office, other government offices disconnected

Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) on Monday cut off gas connections of important federal government offices, including Prime Minister Office, Parliament House, Parliament Lodges, Federal Shariat Court and Governor House, Murree over non-payment of dues. According to SNGPL officials, the Prime Minister's Secretariat outstanding dues amount to Rs 4,070,000, Parliament House Rs 1,030,000, Parliament Lodges Rs 770,000, Federal Shariat Court 224,000 and Governor House, Murree Rs 88,000.

The officials said all the defaulters had been sent notifications several times, but they failed to respond after which SNGPL had no option but to cut off their gas connections. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, while chairing a high-level meeting last week, had directed the concerned authorities to take stern action against electricity and gas bill defaulters and to recover outstanding dues without any discrimination.

Following the directions of the premier, the SNGPL authorities on Friday directed the concerned departments of the gas utility to speed up the process of disconnecting government and non-government defaulting consumers. On April 26, the SNGPL disconnected gas supply to the following government departments and houses:

Deputy Speaker House, Lahore, outstanding dues of Rs 1,046,000, Prisons Minister, Rs 530,000, Minister Co-operative Punjab, Rs 1,136,000, Commissioner Office, Rs 349,000, DIG Civil Lines Office, Rs 4,029,000, SP Qila Gujar Singh, Rs 412,000, Kot Lakhpat Jail, Rs 2,800,000, Punjab University Chemistry Dept, Rs 4,500,000, Jail Police Training Institute, Rs 300,000, Qurban Lines Police, Rs 351,000 and Weather Dept, Rs 91,000. In Rawalpindi and Islamabad region, SNGPL took action against 21 government consumers having cumulative gas bills default of Rs 82.74 million.

In this respect, following 14 consumers of Islamabad and seven consumers of Rawalpindi regions are included in the list: Police Training Centre, Sihala (Rs 41,401,430); M Block, Secretariat Building, Islamabad (Rs 14,026,230), THQ Hospital, Murree (Rs 3,432,720); Cadet College, Kashmir Point, Murree (Rs 1,526,750); Jamia-tul-Mohsinaat, Saidpur Road, Scheme-I, Islamabad (Rs 818,230); TMO Murree (Rs 604,270); Library, Kashmir Point, Murree (Rs 464,120); Jamia Masjid Masmoomia Kashmir Point Murree (Rs 409,760); Rescue 15 Islamabad (Rs 403,550); Holy Trinity Church, The Mall, Murree (Rs 351,940); TMA Murree (Rs 297,270); Station Head Quarter BOQ, Murree (Rs 181,510); Nazim Union Council (Rs 133,590) and ASP Office Police Station, Murree (Rs 128,960).

Holy Family Hospital, Rawalpindi (Rs 16,805,290); District & Sessions Judge Rawalpindi (Rs 650,700); DDMEO Office Khadim Hussain Road, Rawalpindi (Rs 273,590); 6 Director (Excise), Rawalpindi (Rs 242,280); Veterinary Hospital, Rawalpindi Cantt (Rs 220,750); Jamia Masjid Dil Mohabbat, Bostan Town, Rawalpindi (Rs 195,740) and Police Station, R A Bazar, Rawalpindi (Rs 174,270).

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