It is disconcerting to note that around 48 crore cubic meter of gas is being wasted or disappeared from Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Limited (TGTDCL) network every year. Reportedly, the financial value of the wasted gas is around Tk 600 crore.
We have come to know that most of the gas pipelines in and around Dhaka are 35-40 years old and almost dilapidated. These illegal gas connections and old dilapidated pipelines are not only accountable for the wastage of huge amount of gas every year but also such gas connections often lead to incidents of fire and explosions.
TGTDCL authorities claim that numerous holes in long-worn pipelines and illegal connections are the main reasons for the disappearance of gas. The government should take initiatives to address this problem in no time.
Drives must be conducted
regularly to sever the
illegal gas lines
Titas is the largest gas supplier in the country. It supplies gas to more than 3 million residences in and around Dhaka. Reportedly, there are 2,00,000 illegal gas connections in areas covered by Titas. Titas officials do conduct drives to disconnect the illegal gas lines. However, the problem is that there are unscrupulous officials within the gas company who are involved in providing illegal gas connections.
Several intelligence agencies have reported to the government over the years about the illegal gas connections. There are gross allegations that a section of officials and employees of Titas is involved in providing illegal gas connections. However, Titas does not get any bills against these illegal gas lines. Dishonest officials who provided illegal connections collect the payment.
Taking all these into consideration, drives must be conducted regularly to sever the illegal gas lines. On top of that, authorities concerned should take necessary steps to identity those unscrupulous officials involved in providing illegal gas lines and hold them to account.