Gas shortage in Dhaka and Chittagong is temporary. State Minister for Power and Energy Nasrul Hamid said that the situation will improve within two days. The state minister told journalists at the secretariat on Sunday that there are rumors of an increase in the price of gas for households. The government has no such idea for now.
He said that prepaid meters will be added to all residential gas connections within 2/3 years.
Every year in winter the gas pressure in the transmission line decreases. This time the crisis has intensified. For the last 10 days, most of the time the house is not getting gas line. CNG stations also do not have the required gas pressure. Condensate accumulation in gas lines along with reduced supply is the main cause of this crisis.
As an LNG terminal was under repair, imported LNG was available in half the normal time. Even if the local gas supply is fine, the overall shortfall stands at over 600 million cubic feet. LNG supply increased from yesterday as the terminal became operational.
In an exchange of views with journalists, the state minister said, ‘Titas, Jalalabad and Karnaphuli have about 25 lakh residential customers. With the financing of World Bank, ADB and Japanese organizations, the installation of prepaid meters in these connections is going on. If the meter is installed, the customer will no longer have the burden of paying the fixed bill even if he does not get gas.’
Meanwhile, State Minister Nasrul Hamid said, ‘The government is encouraging the use of LPG in various fields including cooking.’