Domestic, industrial clients suffered gas outage hits Dhaka, Chottogram cities

People at a first food shop crowding at Dhanmondi area in the city to buy food on failing to burn gas stoves for cooking.

Business Report

Gas outage caused untold suffering to people of Dhaka and Chottogram cities early last week. Supply suspension took place for 26 hours from Saturday through Sunday for a technical glitch at Ashulia station and yet another suspension for 12 hours occurred on Tuesday for metro rail project.
Meanwhile gas outage in a vast areas of Chattogram hit the city and industrial users for two consecutive days at the beginning of the week causing untold sufferings to the port city dwellers and partially disrupting industrial production and power generation.
The sufferings continued over the third day in Chottogram although the authorities were working hard to restore the supply. It was suspended in the port city after an excavator of Chattogram City Corporation mistakenly made a hole in the pipeline during a digging work in Maitteli canal beside Akmal Ali Road on Saturday afternoon.
The key pipeline provides gas to Potenga, Halishahar, Fakir Hat, Agrabad, New Market, Sadarghat, Port and EPZ areas, according to the officials. Apart from residential areas, Chattogram and Karnaphuli export processing zones.
It also supply gas to two power stations producing total 40MW electricity and several gas refueling stations in those areas suffered a blow following the accident. Large number of residents in the areas, mostly garment workers suffered the most from this suspension.
IN Dhaka gas supply outage happened early in the week for outage of a gas valve in the outskirt of the city. Next time from Tuesday it happened for 12 hours at night till the next morning because the authorities concerned were working to shift the gas pipeline to facilitate the construction work of the metro rail project, said senior officials of Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Ltd.
It hit consumers in Mohammadpur, Dhanmondi, Jhigatola, Rampura, Bonosri, and Old Dhaka. “Some other areas of the city may experience a low gas pressure as well,” they said. Earlier suspension had hit Azimpur, Dhanmondi, Mohammadpur ad Mirpur areas.
It affected tens of thousands of households, factories and other establishments in the capital and its adjoining areas to total or partial supply halt because of the technical glitch at Ashulia gas station of Titas Gas Transmission Company Ltd.
The sudden outage of gas inflicted untold sufferings on the city dwellers who woke up to the disruption, as there was no prior announcement from the state-run utility company. Gas supply resumed at 10:30am on Sunday.
Titas gas Engineer said, “We could not notify the customers about it beforehand because it took us past midnight on Friday to make preparations for the repair work.
Clients in Ashulia, Savar, Aminbazar, Gabtoli, Mirpur, Paikpara, Pirerbagh, Kalyanpur, Shyamoli, Ring Road, Mansurabad, Kadirabad, Mohammadpur, Lalmatia, Dhanmondi, Azimpur and Hazaribagh suffered seriously due to the crisis. Industries also suffered production losses.

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