1,000 illegal gas lines cut in Savar

A mobile court yesterday disconnected around 1,000 illegal gas connections to households at Johorchanda area of Ashulia in Savar.

Savar upazila administration and zonal office of Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Ltd in Savar jointly conducted the mobile court, according to Titas officials.

The court removed illegal pipelines across two kilometres and cut off connections to 1,000 households, said Eng Abu Sadad Md Sayem, manager of Titas’ Savar zonal office.

Huge pipes and other materials were also seized during the drive, he said.

“Earlier, we had conducted drives four times at this area and disconnected lines, but during the pandemic, the users reinstalled them,” said Sayem, adding that they had filed a case against some people there over illegal connections.

When asked about the people behind providing these connections, he said they are investigating the matter.

However, during yesterday’s drive, the official did not fine or arrest anyone, as heavy rain hampered the court’s activities, sources said.

Our Savar correspondent tried to talk to several users of such connections, but all declined to comment.

Meanwhile, in port city, a team of Karnaphuli Gas Distribution Company Ltd conducted a drive at several areas yesterday and disconnected 13 illegal and defective gas lines.

The authority formed 12 teams to raise awareness among people and find illegal and defective gas connections. They will continue the drive till every customer is reached, said Karnaphuli Gas sources.

Syed Abu Nasr Md Saleh, general manager of Karnaphuli Gas, told The Daily Star, “The team disconnected 10 domestic and three commercial lines for allegedly getting unplanned illegal connection.”

“Among them, three connections, including one at an office of power development board at Nasirabad area, were disconnected for using defective gas lines,” he said.

“The drive was carried out in Chattogram due to the Narayanganj mosque explosion,” he added.

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