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RAWALPINDI, Jan 27: In order to bypass gas loadshedding and to increase pressure, some consumers have installed illegal compressors that drain gas pressure from the supply lines.

The practice deprives those consumers in the vicinity of natural gas, who are not using the compressor.

A number of localities in the garrison city are facing low gas pressure problems due to which residents are using different illegal methods to increase gas supply.

Some domestic as well as commercial consumers have reportedly installed illegal gas compressors which hedge on gas pressure like water motors — used in summer to enhance water pressure.

There are complaints that the installation of gas compressors is aggravating problems for the average consumer.

Even though, concerned government departments have already declared that gas compressors are very dangerous as they can cause accidents that can be fatal. The compression of gas could cause blasts, leading to a fire that could spread across the neighbourhood.

The Civil Defence department has also sought permission to take action against the residents who are installing gas compressors.

During a crackdown against illegal installers of gas compressors, gas connections of violators would be disconnected, warned officials.

Meanwhile, the residents of People’s Colony, Tench Bhatta, Dhoke Saydian and adjoining areas have demanded of authorities to end gas loadshedding and find a permanent solution to control the situation.

Habibur Rehman, a resident of People’s Colony said that gas supply had dropped to minimum levels due to which people could not light up even their stoves. —APP