7.69 lakh illegal gas connections snapped in 3 years

Staff Correspondent | Published: 19:00, Jul 13,2017


The state minister for power, energy and mineral resources, Nasrul Hamid, on Thursday told parliament that gas companies has snapped 7.69 lakh illegal gas connections in past three years.

The state minister alleged that some miscreants are creating obstacles in disconnecting illegal gas connections,

The vigilance team of gas distribution companies has disconnected about 7.69 lakh illegal gas connections since January 2014 across the country, Nasrul Hamid said while replying a query of ruling Awami League MP Muhammad Mizanur Rahman.

Nasrul Hamid said of the total disconnected illegal gas connections, 7,68,836 were household connections, 459  were commercial connections, 171 were industrial connection, 40 CNG stations connections and 2 gas connections were captive gas lines.

In the scripted reply, the minister said the vigilance teams formed by different gas distribution companies have been launching drive to disconnect illegal gas connections on regular basis so that industrial factories cannot use gas in their respective companies illegally.

Nasurl also said that an inter-ministerial central committee led by an additional secretary of energy and mineral resources division, district committee led by the respective deputy commissioner and upazila committee led by upazila nirbahi officer have been formed to prevent pilferage of gas and to snap illegal gas connections across the country.

Magistrates, law enforcement agencies and gas distribution companies have been launching joint drive with the assistance of the above teams and take action in line with the gas distribution law following their visit in different areas.

Nasrul also added that the respective officials engage in disconnecting illegal gas connections were instructed to act their duties impartially.

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