Titas detects 1 lakh illegal gas connections

Shamim Jahangir

16 September, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Titas Gas Transmission & Distribution Co. Ltd has discovered around 100,000 illegal household gas connections in its service area in greater Dhaka.

“Primarily, we have found around 100,000 illegal gas connections for burners in Titas areas,” Titas Managing Director Ali Mohammad Al Mamun told the Daily Sun. 

Some 2.84 million out of Titas’s 2.87 million consumers are households.

He said the company is trying to find out the actual figure of illegal connections and remove the gas connections it as per the law. 

“We have a zero-tolerance stance against illegal connections” he added.

The Narayanganj Titas Gas Ltd has suspended its eight employees over a mosque blast in West Fatullah, which claimed at least 27 lives.

After the mosque blast incident in Narayanganj, the government has formed a high-powered committee to probe the incident.              The committee found the illegal gas connections were responsible for the incident.

On September 7, 2020, the energy and mineral resources division held a meeting about the illegal piped gas connections and asked to show zero-tolerance against illegal gas connection.

“We have unearthed 484 illegal gas burners and 1.32 km distribution lines in Gazipur and Chandra last Monday and five km illegal natural gas connection Tuesday,” the Titas MD said.  The Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources, held a meeting on 17 September to discuss illegal gas connections, new gas connections in industrial units and suspension of the gas connection in unplanned areas.

The Prime Minister Office (PMO) has also asked the gas distributor companies to show zero-tolerance against illegal gas connections.

Titas has a 13,138.67 km of gas pipeline and supplies 1656.76 mmcfd of natural gas.