In most areas of the capital, there is a shortage of gas in homes. From morning till evening there is no gas in the stove. Compressed natural gas (CNG) stations also have very low gas pressure. There is a long line of cars waiting for hours. Distribution company Titus says that condensate accumulates in gas lines during winter. As well as reducing supply, the crisis has intensified.
Going to the ground, it can be seen that the gas stove is not burning in the capital’s Keraniganj area at 9 am. Many cooks are closed due to lack of gas pressure. Some are busy making alternative methods of dal-rice.
The situation is similar in many parts of Dhaka including Demra, Shyampur, Basabo, Mohammadpur, Adabar. Gas pressure increases slightly after 4 pm.
Residents say that the gas goes off around 8 am. It is not right to come. Now there is no situation to boil water and eat. Everyone is drinking raw water directly from the tap. Due to low gas pressure, many people are passing the day by eating only dal or bharta. No condition to cook fish or meat.
Not only in the homes, but also in the CNG stations of the capital, there is no required pressure of gas. So the drivers have to wait for a long time to collect fuel. Still many people are not able to buy CNG as per demand.
Drivers say that they have to wait for three to four hours standing in line to collect gas. Still not getting proper gas.
According to station officials, the gas line should have at least 15 pound-force per square inch (psi), much lower than that, and the machine will almost stop working.
In 12 districts including the capital Dhaka, Narayanganj, Gazipur, Mymensingh, Titas customers used to get about 1800 million cubic feet of gas daily. Now it is less than 150 million fonfeet. A floating liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal undergoing repair work has reduced import gas, Titus managing director said.
Managing Director of Titus Gas Transmission Limited Prof. Md. Harunur Rashid Mollah said that at the same time, the crisis has become evident due to the shortage of gas and winter. Efforts are underway to resolve the situation.
If the second terminal becomes operational from January 19, an additional 30 to 35 million cubic feet of LNG will be added to the national grid. Titus said that this will improve the gas situation in the capital.