Capital in grip of sudden gas crisis

Sadiqur Rahman | Published: 00:00, Feb 17,2019 | Updated: 23:52, Feb 16,2019

 
 

People crowd an eatery at Jikatola to buy foods as severe gas crisis severely hampered household activities in the capital on Saturday. — Sony Ramany

At least 40 per cent of the consumers living in the capital’s densely populated areas including Mirpur, Paikpara, Pirerbag, Kalyanpur, Shyamoli, Mansurabad, Kadirabad, Mohammadpur, Lalmatia, Dhanmandi, Azimpur, Hazaribag, Ashulia, Savar, Aminbazar, Gabtali and the adjacent localities are experiencing sudden disruption of gas supply since Friday night.
State-run Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company deputy general manager (emergency) Armanur Reza Bhuiyan told New Age Saturday that sudden technical fault in the valve of Gas Transmission Company Ltd transmission station at Ashulia caused the gas supply disruption to domestic as well as industrial consumers.
Domestic consumers were completely baffled unable to prepare meals and breakfast.
Reza said that Titas gets 40 per cent of its gas supplies from GTCL’s Ashulia transmission station and 60 per cent from the GTCL’s transmission stations at Uttara and Demra.
Titas alone supplies gas to domestic as well as industrial consumers in the capital as well as Savar and Manikganj while GTCL is the gas supply utility for the rest of the country.
On Friday night the leakage in the valve of GTCL’s Ashulia station was identified, said GTCL managing director Ali Md Al-Mamun.
He said, As the leakage grew with the passage of time, GTCL undertook repairing it on urgent basis without wasting time on informing Titas about the problem.
He expressed the hope that the supplies would resume by Sunday morning.
Zamila Akhter of Shyamoli said that disruption in gas supply came to her notice when she began to cook dinner for her family members Friday night.
The housewife said that the situation remained unchanged throughout Saturday.
Anjuman Ara of Paikpara said that she had invited some Indian guests, who arrived in Bangladesh a few days ago over lunch.
She said that she had to put off the lunch scheduled for Saturday.
Azimpur Government Staff Quarter resident Owasim Uddin no meals could be prepared for the family including his wife a government official and their two minor children.
Narrating a similar story Shamima Akhter of Hatirpool Circular Road said, ‘On Saturday morning, my husband made vain efforts to buy breakfast from a nearby restaurant for the family of five including two toddlers due to huge rush of breakfast buyers.
Mohammad Tuhin, manager of Maa Restaurant at Shukrabad said had to use earthen stoves to cook limited quantity of food for regular customers.
At Shyamoly at least 700 consumers used to have their regular meals at Mohammadia Restaurant, said its manager Mohammad Salahuddin but since Saturday morning they went back empty stomach.

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