Gas supply to Quetta after 11 days

The provincial capital's gas supply was restored on Sunday following an 11-day suspension, triggered by floodwaters that broke the banks of the Bolan River as a result of incessant rains and swept the 12-inch pipeline, near the Bibi Nani area of the Bolan district of Balochistan.

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The destruction of the pipeline also interrupted gas supplies to other areas, notably Pishin, Ziarat, Mastung, Kalat, Khuzdar, and Mach.

Earlier on August 19, floodwater washed out another 24-inch-diameter pipeline in the same area, but the Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) continued to supply Quetta through a narrower 12-inch pipeline until August 25, when it was also removed.

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SSGC was not able to begin repair work on both pipelines in flooded areas for more than a week.

When the water backed off last week, they started repairing. Finally, after the work was completed, the gas supply to the provincial capital was re-established on Sunday.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif had previously instructed the authorities to accelerate work and restore gas supplies to Quetta and other areas of Baluchistan without delay.

 

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