Frequent gas outages in Dhaka city and adjacent areas are causing immense sufferings to city dwellers, especially women and children.
City dwellers said gas crisis has been continuing in many areas in the capital since the discovery of a leak in the gas pipeline on February 16.They said Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Co Ltd is turning off gas supply in short notice.
People in Dhaka city are mostly dependent on piped gas for cooking and boiling water, particularly for newborn babies and elderly people.
Many of people in rural areas cook foods and boil water using wood- and kerosene-burning stoves, but such cookers are not available in Dhaka and other urban areas.
Mothers and families of newborns and young children are facing serious problem due to the gas crisis as they cannot boil water or cook foods for them.
Elderly and bedridden people are suffering the most for the gas outages.Gas supply remained suspended for 12 hours from 6:00pm on Tuesday in most areas in Dhaka as authorities were relocating gas pipelines to facilitate the construction work of Metro Rail.
Gas supply to important government establishments, including the Bangabhaban, Ganobhaban and Jatiya Sangsad also remained suspended.
Gas supply was disrupted in Mirpur, Shyamoli, Monipuripara, Agargaon, Mohammdpur, Dhanmondi, Ganabhaban and parliament areas, Kolabagan, Hazaribagh, Dhaka University, BUET, Shahbagh, Green Road, Bangabhaban area, Gopibagh, Swamibagh, Rampura, South Banasree, Nandipara, Moghbazar, Siddheswari, Segunbagicha, Minto Road, Tejgaon, Khilgaon, Basabo, Motijheel, Kamlapur and the entire Old Dhaka.
Sumon Ahmed, a residence of Dhanmondi, told the daily sun that children are the worst suffers from the gas crisis as they are not habitual with outside foods.
Gas supply to 10,000 households, factories and other establishments in the capital and its adjoining areas came to a complete or partial halt earlier on Saturday. People of many areas had to queue at restaurants for food, but many failed to buy any. Vehicles had to wait for gas for a long time at the CNG filling stations.
Gas supply was disrupted in Ashulia, Savar, Aminbazar, Gabtoli, Mirpur, Paikpara, Pirerbag, Kallyanpur, Shyamoli, Ring road, Monsurabad, Kadirabad, Mohammadpur, Lalmatia, Dhanmondi, Azimpur, Hazaribagh and some adjacent area like Dhamrai and Manikganj since early Saturday. A technical fault in the valve of the transmission station of Gas Transmission Company Ltd (GTCL) in Ashulia has led to this sudden disruption in gas supply.
The sudden outage of gas inflicted untold sufferings on city dwellers, as there was no prior announcement from the state-run utility company.
Titas supplies gas to nearly 2.8 million residences in Dhaka. It also provides gas to various industrial areas and factories. Titas Gas is responsible for gas distribution in Dhaka city, Savar and Manikganj while GTCL is responsible for gas transmission across the country.