The government is likely to halt new gas connections to 108,598 households that came under special consideration through six distribution companies, official sources said.
As per the special consideration, the distribution companies issued demand notes in favour of these households and collected over Tk 87.62 crore in last three years.Then the companies said the aspirants of natural gas for their households can get piped gas connections subject to injection of imported LNG into the grid.
But the government is thinking about supplying the costly LNG to the industrial units and power plants instead of households.
At present, the government is supplying 602mmcfd natural gas to 1443566 households under six distribution companies.
The distribution companies require 350mmcfd natural gas to supply to 108,598 households, but are subject to the government permission for fresh gas supply to residences, official sources said.
The energy and mineral resources division (EMRD) held a meeting last Thursday on the household gas connections with its secretary Abu Hena Md Rahamatul Momin in the chair.
During the meeting, EMRD sought the detail report on applications of the new gas connections.According to the distribution companies, some 172,731 consumers will apply for new gas connections to their households requiring 636mmcfd of gas.
“We have yet to take any decision on the gas connections for households as the government perfers to supply the costly LNG to industrial and power generation purposes instead of households,” an official said, asking not to be named.
Presently, the government imports 507mmcfd of LNG.