Senate Standing Committee on Petroleum in its meeting discussed the issues of queue system for oil tanker lorries in PSO and the preference to tankers lorries complaint to OGRA/NHA defined standards. The Committee’s earlier direction was of making one queue for all compliant and non-compliant vehicles. OGRA had set a deadline of October 2019 for using only compliant vehicles for oil transportation and only five months are left to meet the deadline. After the deadline all non-compliant oil tankers will be grounded.
The Committee after hearing the members, Pakistan State Oil, Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority and Oil Tankers Contractors Association directed that there should be two queue system by PSO with compliant vehicles in one and non-compliant in the separate queue. The Committee noted that non-compliant vehicles means non-compliant whether they are of private contractors or of NLC and al should be treated equally. The Committee also directed that PSO should run the queue on the same system as the private companies and PSO should be given the right to run the queue.
Regarding the issue of supply of natural gas to Dara Adam Khel, sub-division Kohat, the Committee was told by Petroleum Division and SNGPL that there is a Peshawar High Court decision barring SNGPL to work on any other project in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa before working on gas project in Thal and adjoining areas. The Committee was assured that the funding for Thal project has been recommended by ECC and it will be ratified by the cabinet soon which will provide way for the project initiation in Dara Adam Khel.
The Committee was also given a briefing on the Public Sector Development Programme schemes of the Petroleum Division for the financial years 2019-20. The matter of removal from service of Mr. Fakhar Alam Khan, Senior Supervisor distribution record, Charsada was also discussed. The Committee was told that the person was found guilty of causing physical injury to a colleague through a number of departmental inquiries and the matter is currently subjudice. The Committee directed the ministry and SNGPL to pursue the case in court and ensure that the person if not involved be given relief.