House of Bills itself owes a Rs54m gas bill!
Malik Ayub Sumbal
Thursday, September 02, 2010
ISLAMABAD: The government is reluctant to pay the gas bill of the Parliament House, Islamabad, that has exceeded the huge figure of Rs 54.15 million and has not been paid since October 2009 to the Sui Northern Gas Pipeline Limited.
According to a copy of the gas bill of the Parliament House available to The News, it has been revealed that the disconnection notice has been sent, but it is out of question for the SNGPL authorities to disconnect the gas connection of the Parliament House.
The consumer number of the Parliament House is 13001330003 and the meter number GN09758495. According to the copy of the bill, the arrears of the gas bill are Rs 52.52 million and since October 2009 the authorities concerned have not bothered to deposit this huge amount bill.
This bill has been delivered to the deputy director Engineering and Mechanical Maintenance Division, Parliament House, Islamabad, and when contacted by The News, Deputy Director Muhammad Moazzam said: “The government has no more funds for depositing the utility bills, and whenever the higher authorities will release the funds for such kind of activities, then definitely we will deposit this bill to the Sui Northern Gas Pipeline Limited.” When questioned who is responsible for this delay in depositing the gas bill, he said that he couldn’t further comment on this issue.
When asked by The News, the General Manager Billings Sui Northern Gas Pipeline Limited, Zia Malik, said: “The SNGPL authorities are suffering huge losses because of such kind of hefty pending payments, which are a violation of the company rules and regulations.” He said a cheque for Rs 35 million against the Parliament House gas bill was sent to the SNGPL account on June 30, 2010, but it had not been honoured because there was no amount in the government account.