Karachi: As part of its continuous drive against Unaccounted-for-Gas (UFG), SSGC conducted a major raid against direct use of gas on January 21, 2014 in Surjani Town, Karachi.
Working on a tip-off provided by a reliable source, the Task Force, led by Nawab Ali Shah, Deputy Manager, Customer Relations Department (CRD) disconnected more than 200 illegal connections. These illegal connections were resulting in a loss of 11,288 million cubic feet of gas which translates to Rs. 1.8 million per annum in monetary terms. The team discovered that the miscreants had set up an intricate network of rubber pipes through which they were illegally distributing gas from SSGC’s supply main to various residents in the area.
Although the Task Force met with some resistance, they went about their job of dismantling the illegal connections. Apart from the immediate task, the team also heard some of the complaints of the residents related to billing which they solved on the spot. The residents who were found using gas directly were asked to settle their arrears with SSGC immediately to avoid future disconnections.
Since Surjani Town is a sensitive area often confronted with law and order situation, SSGC’s Security Services Department provided security to the Task Force. Media contingent also accompanied the team during the raid.
UFG has severely dented the Company’s profits in recent times. The Company has refused to get bogged down by rising UFG as its CRD and Surveillance and Monitoring Departments regularly conducts major raids in the franchise areas of Sindh and Balochistan in order to reverse the trend.