Govt trying to solve gas crisis

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said her government is making efforts to remove the existing gas crisis in the country.

The Premier made the comment while responding to a supplementary question from Jatiya Party MP Ziauddin Ahmed (Chittagong-9) during the PM's question-answer session in parliament, reports BSS.

'Usually the winter sees some sort of (gas) crisis as natural gas gets concentrated slowing down its flow and its use also increases during the time ... we are trying hard to solve the problem,' she said.

She said gas is a natural resource and there is a limitation of its reserve. 'We're improving the gas production, but the demand for gas is rising substantially in line with the growing development activities,' she said.

Sheikh Hasina mentioned that the government has decided to import liquid natural gas (LNG) to face the gas crisis as its alternative.

The Premier also noted that the LNG terminal is being constructed, and after the completion it would be possible to import gas. "I hope there would be no crisis of gas after the setting up of the LNG terminal," she said.

She said the government has strengthened Bapex as gas exploration activities are done through this organisation.

Talking about gas usage in households, Sheikh Hasina said the government has waived tax on the liquid petroleum gas (LPG) to attract more investors in this sector.

'We are not sitting idle ... we have dug a number of (gas) wells over the last seven years to raise gas production and we have specified blocks and floated tender to extract gas from the sea,' she said.

In this connection, the Prime Minister said no governments in the past except Awami League gave much attention to increase gas production in the country.

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