Acute gas crisis hits Dhaka
26 January 2016, Nirapad News: For a few days, Jahan Ahmed, a housewife of Rampura, Moulovirtek area in the city, has not been able to finish cooking in time as the stove in her kitchen burns near to the ground due to the low pressure of gas.
Her cooking takes long hours at day time and sometimes she waits until midnight as the gas pressure increases by then.
Jahan told Nirapad News that the situation has been persisting for the last one month. “The crisis has worsened in the last few days”.
She further said, “I sent my children to school after feeding them dry foods bought from the nearby stores as I could not serve them homemade snacks in the morning”. My father is sick, we have to look after him in every time and He must take medicine and food as doctors advice. But we can’t follow the prescription , can’t feed him soup or boil water for him in time.
She also called the Titas Gas Company many times to complain.
Shafikul Islam is a shopkeeper at East Rampura High School lane. He said, “Nowadays, we buy more bread, biscuits, banana and other dry foods as they are being sold-out faster. Sometimes these goods are sold even before the evening”.
“Due to the gas crisis many people are unable to cook so they eat dry foods at night,” he added.
People, not only from Rampura or Siddheswary, but also from Banashri, Badda, Tejgaon, Tejkunipara, Maghbazar, Nakhalpara, Shewrapara, Kazipara, Kalyanpur, Mohammadpur, Dhanmondi, Malibagh, Khilgaon, Kamalapur, Golapbagh, Gopibagh, Maniknagar, Wari, and many other areas in the city reported about gas crisis.
Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company has been supplying gas in Dhaka and its outskirts. It has three gas controlling centers in Motijheel, Mirpur and Gulshan areas.
Some technicians from these centers, wishing anonymity, informed banglanews that they have been receiving a lot of complaints over phones.
They also said, “Although the crisis arises during the winter season every year, this year it has become acute”.
Titas Gas Company deputy general manager Faizar Rahman said they have been repairing a 30-inch supply pipe at Bakhrabad-Siddhirganj to supply gas to Dhaka.
“Some problems have arisen at Musai gas compressor station in Habiganj. Moreover, the use of gas increases up 20-30 percent in residences during winter. These are the reasons of low pressure of gas in Dhaka”.
He also said that they have been working over come the low pressure crisis and “soon there will be a solution of this problem”.