The supply is likely to be restored by Sunday night
Gas supply is likely to resume in Chittagong city's Patenga and Halishahar areas by Sunday night.
The supply was disrupted following an explosion at a gas pipeline on Saturday afternoon. The blast occurred at Akmal Ali Road in Bandertila area of the port city around 4pm.
Khaiz Ahmed Mozumder, managing director of the Karnaphuli Gas Distribution Company (KGDC) Ltd, told the Dhaka Tribune that repair works were going on to restore the supply.
"A 24-inch diameter ring in the main gas pipeline got damaged when Chittagong City Corporation authorities were digging a canal in the area. We immediately decided to stop the gas supply to ensure safety of the people and their properties.
“Our team is working at the site, and we are hopeful that the supply will resume by Sunday night," said Mozumder.
At present, gas supply remains suspended in some areas of the city, including Patenga, Karnaphuli EPZ, CEPZ, Agrabad, Halishahar and Bandar, he added.
Central Vice President of Consumers' Association of Bangladesh SM Nazer Hossain told the Dhaka Tribune that utility service providers lack preparation for emergency situations.
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"Accidents may happen at any moment. But the utility service providers should have a rapid response mechanism, since people are directly affected by gas, water and electricity. Unfortunately, the utility companies show a laid-back attitude towards people's sufferings," the consumer rights activist said.
Taking advantage of the gas crisis, some unscrupulous traders and restaurateurs have shot up the price of food and bottled LPG gas, he claimed.
According to the fire service, the gas pipeline was 15 feet underneath the canal, and it was penetrated during the excavation process.
"There were no casualties in the accident. However, gas supply has been disrupted in adjoining areas. The KGDC authorities are working to repair the pipeline," he added.
The KGDCL now supplies gas to 597,662 consumers. Of them, 593,574 are households, 2,788 are commercial establishments and 1,045 are industrial entities.