The government plans to bring Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) prices on par with that of petrol so as to discourage, and ultimately end, CNG use in vehicles and to divert the saved gas to the energy starved industrial sector. Finance Minister Shaukat Tarin admitted to the presence of this strategy in a telephonic conversation with The News on Sunday.

When his attention was drawn towards the proposed hike in the price of the CNG by up to Rs 8 per kg from January 1, the minister confirmed that the government wanted to bring the CNG prices close to that of petrol. With the use of the petrol, 25 per cent efficiency of vehicle engine would not only increase but this step will also discourage commuters from using CNG as fuel.

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