According to the sources of Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC), the 10th of this month is the last day of payment by the 7 big hospitals of Karachi and failing to make the payment, their connections will be disconnected.
The preparation task of disconnecting the gas connection has been completed. These hospitals were already given the extension for the payment and now October 10th is the last day of that extension.
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Many notices were served but these hospitals did not pay heed. The spokesman said that the hospitals which did not pay the billing amounts include the Trauma Centre of Civil hospital, Sindh government hospital, Civil Services Hospital near Khaliq Dina Hall, ICU Trauma center and Cardiac Center Korangi 5.
Talking about the gas arrears receivable by Karachi hospitals, the SSGC spokesman said that Rs 52 lac, 61 thousand are receivable from NICH, Rs 26 lac and 53 thousand are receivable from Abdul Majeed Subhani Hospital, Rs 33 lac and 11 thousand are receivable from ICU trauma and Cardiac Center Korangi 5, Rs 2 crore, 78 lac and 86 thousand are receivable from Karachi civil hospital, Rs 26 lac and 32 thousand are receivable from Sindh government hospital, North Karachi, and Rs 33 lac and 98 thousand are receivable from civil surgeon hospital, MA Jinnah Rd.
In June this year, Prime Minister Khan had directed that a comprehensive policy must be made for the supply of gas to both domestic and industrial consumers. In Karachi, the use of Sui gas is increasing day by day but the supply of the same could not meet the demand by the industrial and domestic consumers both.
On the other hand, nonpayment by some of the big industrial and commercial users has become a big issue. The supply of gas to the domestic users to be immediately stopped if they did not make the payments of the bill but it seems that the same policy is not for the commercial and industrial users.