CNG Retailers – Modern Mass Robbers

May 15, 2007

Stop at any of the 99.9% CNG filling stations of PSO, Shell, Caltex, Attock Oil in Pakistan and you will get robbed of your hard earned money…well voluntarily though! Yes thats what you do to yourself when you do not get the worth of CNG that you actually pay for. Here is how.

Majority of the CNG dispensing machines installed at the CNG stations through out Pakistan do not have automatic meters to give the motorists “exact fill for their bill” (could actually be the name of an awareness campaign). Every time a motorist drives into a CNG filling stations they end up paying atleast 50 paisas/cents more than the dispensed amount of gas. The station attendants manually stop the dispenser and despite doing it for years and years it is amazing that they have not mastered the art of stopping the dispenser at the exact reading (or atleast very close).

In monetary terms this means accumulation of un-accounted earnings amounting to millions for hi-frequency stations, evey month! Where are the regulatory bodies, civic societies and the consumer sense?!

The solution is simple and so is the reason behind this malpractice. All that needs to be done is to install these manual CNG machines with modular meters that would do the job. The reason for not doing is our “ignorance” (for the illiterate) and withering “self-disrespect” (for the learned?!) that we accept being robbed every day of our lives. Its so funny since we have set a monetray limit for being robbed i.e. in cents.