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>fewer CNG stations cause chaos

>THE CNG refuelling stations in the capital are struggling to cope with the ever-increasing demand for the fuel as conversion of petroleum-run vehicles continues at a very high pace, reports Wasim Bin Habib.
On average, about 2,000 vehicles are being converted into CNG-run ones every month, and about 92,135 vehicles were converted in 116 conversion workshops across the country until March this year.
The insufficient CNG stations, which face frequent disruption due to persisting power outage, result in long queues of vehicles, often impeding traffic flow on the surrounding roads.
As the potential entrepreneurs keep seeking permission to set up new CNG stations to avoid such gridlocks, the authorities concerned blame it on lack of land.
The sufferings of both passengers and drivers intensify when they have to remain stuck in long queues for hours amid scorching heat. A large part of their time is being eaten up while waiting for refuelling.
Sometimes the long line of vehicles is seen stretching up to even one kilometre.
According to Rupantarita Prakritik Gas Company Limited (RPGCL), there are about 1.32 lakh CNG-run vehicles in the country.
The RPGCL however does not know how many of these vehicles run in the capital.
The converted vehicles put tremendous pressure mostly on the 99 refuelling stations in the city in addition to 130 stations elsewhere in the country.

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