Protesters demand revival of LPG plants project

Chitral to have three LPG plants, court told

PESHAWAR: The Peshawar High Court has disposed of two petitions seeking the supply of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) to Lower Chitral areas after learning that the federal government had agreed to set up three LPG plants in the northern district.

A high court bench consisting Chief Justice Qaiser Rashid and Justice Ijaz Afzal was told by provincial advocate general Amir Javed that the provincial government would spend Rs3.5 billion on the installation of those plants to supply LPG to 12,000 households in Chitral.

He said the residents won’t get the subsidy but still the LPG price would be almost half of what they paid for a gas cylinder.

The bench was hearing the two petitions challenging the shelving of a project by the energy ministry for the provision of LPG to Lower Chitral areas.

The petitioners, including former Chitral MNA Shehzada Iftikharuddin and local social activist Razitu Billah, had requested the court to order immediate gas supply by installing the LPG Air Mix Plant for Chitral valley comprising Drosh, Ayun Broze and Chitral Town.

Court disposes of petitions seeking LPG supply to northern district

The petitioners were represented by lawyers Ali Gohar Durrani and Sher Haider Khan respectively, who requested the court to declare illegal a Jan 12, 2021,order of the energy ministry to shelve the project.

They contended that the project was vital for the survival of forests in the area and if the alternate source of energy was not provided to the residents, forests would vanish.

Petroleum secretary Mohammad Mehmood also turned up and said the government had already acquired land to install gas plants.

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