Stealing of gas is nothing new in Bangladesh. But the recently unearthed illegal gas connections have stunned the nation. A section of local influentials, backed by the ruling party stalwarts, and in connivance with dishonest gas distribution officials and employees have been giving illegal connections to thousands of customers in Mirzapur, Dhamrai, Savar, Tongi, Rupganj, Kamrangir Char, Keraniganj and Narayanganj areas. Over 200 kilometers of illegal pipelines have been set up for distributing the stolen gas right in front of the law enforcers and Titas Gas authorities. This illegal gas trade has shown how a mafia group is stealing the valuable resources and making money with this. They took between Tk 20,000 and Tk 1,00,000 per connection with a monthly charge between Tk 500 and Tk 1,500 for two burners. It will not be possible to stop the illegal use of gas unless it could be strictly controlled under a gas usage policy. We believe the present government would be able to take a long term decision on gas and permanently solve the problem of illegal use of gas.
Last Updated on Monday, 10 March 2014 12:42