SSGC fined Rs100,000 for faulty utility grid

The Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) has been has been slapped with a fine of Rs 100,000 in response to complaints about the presence of water in the gas pipeline. The verdict also extended a three-year imprisonment sentence for the linked SSGC officials if they defaulted on the submission of the fine, in the event of which, it would be doubled to 200,000.

A copy of the verdict has also been dispatched to the Oil and Gas Regulation Authority (OGRA) for due diligence.

The complainant Umair Hussain revealed that, he had been forced to use gas cylinders, due to the presence of water in the SSGC gas pipeline, which are costly and dangerous. He had visited the SSGC offices multiple times since 2018 but the company had not resolved his problems.

Judicial Magistrate Javed Ali Korejo awarded the fine of 100,000 to SSGC and sympathised with the petitioner who had endured the issues for two years. He ordered SSGC to ensure cooperation with the consumer and provide all kinds of services to him.