Gas rationing starts in Dhaka, adjoining areas to ease crisis for household consumers

The government today (Wednesday) started gas
rationing in the industrial zones in Dhaka city and adjoining
districts to minimize the crisis particularly for the household
consumers, as people in some areas have to do the cooking by
alternative means.

Under the rationing programme, the areas under the command of Titas
Gas Transmission and Distribution Company have been divided into 7
zones. Industries in each area of the 7 zones will remain closed one
day a week by rotation.

On the first day of the holiday-staggering plan, the rationing was
implemented in Tejgaon, Uttara, Cantonment, and Banani-Gulshan areas
of the capital and in Narsingdi, Ghorasal, Zingira, Munshiganj and
Bhaluka outside the city.

The Titas Gas Company issued notice to the industry owners to keep
their industrial operations closed. However, sources said the
rationing programme was not effectively implemented in many
industries for a lack of government monitoring.

A huge number of the industries were run, consuming gas as usual.

The government introduced the gas-rationing recipe to ease the
household consumption as consumers in many areas have experienced
severe gas crisis. Even they cannot cook on their gas oven because of
gas shortage, according to reports.

It is expected by the government that if the rationing progamme is
implemented, they could enhance supply of the fuel to the city’s
household consumers by 40-60 million cubic feet (mmcf) gas per day.
The city’s gas demand is about 1200 mmcfd. But Titas can hardly
supply 100-mmcfd gas.

At present, the country is producing around 1,925-2,000 million cubic
feet (mmcf) of gas per day against the countrywide demand for 2,250
mmcf per day.

In the wake of the exigencies, country’s power sector is now
consuming 670-mmcf gas per day against its demand for 870 mmcf.

On the other hand, the fertilizer sector is reportedly consuming
200-215 mmcf per day against its regular demand for 220 mmcf to 230
mmcf a day and the non-bulk (residential, industrial and CNG
stations) 1,040 mmcf per day against their demand for around 1,150
mmcf per day.


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