Gas crisis cripples life in capital

ANM Mohibub Uz Zaman

17 February, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Gas crisis cripples life in capital

A housewife uses firewood to cook food at Kaderabad Housing in the capital’s Mohammadpur for disruption to gas supply on Saturday. Gas supply to different areas of the city was turned off for 24 hours due to an urgent maintenance work in gas transmission system. — sun photo

A sudden disruption in gas supply has caused huge sufferings to both household and commercial consumers in the capital and its adjacent areas since Saturday morning.

Most parts of Dhaka were affected by the disruption resulted from a major leak in the grid line at Ashuganj point of the Dhanua Gas Transmission Pipeline.

Officials said they could avert a major accident by promptly turning off the gas supply line.

“The leak could cause a major blowout incident on Friday evening if we didn’t suspend the supply through the pipeline,” Mostafa Kamal, managing director of Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Co Ltd, told the daily sun.

He said Titas people turned off the distribution channels in phases after being informed of the leak.

Kamal said around 20 per cent consumers of the gas distribution company have been affected by the disruption.

According to officials, gas supply was disrupted in Ashulia, Savar, Aminbazar, Gabtoli, Mirpur, Paikpara, Pirerbagh, Kallyanpur, Shyamoli, Ring Road, Monsurabad, Kadirabad, Mohammadpur, Lalmatia, Dhanmondi, Azimpur, Hazaribagh and some adjacent areas like Dhamrai and Manikganj.           

Long queues were seen at different restaurants in many parts of the city on Saturday as they were compelled to eat out or buy foods from eateries due to gas crisis.

The Titas managing director said repairing of the pipeline might be completed by Saturday night.

Golam Mostofa, public relations officer of Titas Gas, said gas supply from Ashulia and Aminbazar CGS plants will remain shut for 24 hours till 8:00 am Sunday for emergency maintenance.

Many household users have resorted to cylinder gas, kerosene stoves or electric heater for cooking. Those who do not have these resources had to buy foods from restaurants.

Sabina Mumu, a residence of the city’s Agargaon area, told the daily sun that she could not cook their meals since Saturday morning due to gas crisis. “I had to buy from outside. But my two children are not habitual with outside foods,” she said.

Many residents living in Mohammadpur, Dhanmondi,  Mirpur, Paik Para, Pirerbag, Kallyanpur, Shyamoli, Azimpur, Hazaribagh and some others are were seen returning home empty-handed from restaurants as foods were being sold out due to higher demand.

The gas crisis has also affected the ability of the restaurants to cook sufficient volume of foods.

Hasibul Aman, a residence of Mohammadpur, said gas pressure was low in the morning and died out soon.

 “If we know it earlier about the gas shortage, we could have made some alternative arrangements,” he said.

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.