Published: Sunday, June 2, 2013

120 Illegal Gas Connections

Titas’ ex-MD denies giving approval

The immediate past managing director of Titas termed untrue and motivated Petrobangla’s allegation that he illegally provided gas connections to 120 industries during his tenure.
“I never awarded any gas connection without written instruction from the Petrobangla chairman or the concerned authorities,” said Md Abdul Aziz Khan in a statement sent to The Daily Star yesterday.
Petrobangla Chairman Hossain Monsur, at a press briefing in his office on May 28, claimed that “Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Ltd’s former managing director” awarded the illegal connections.
He, however, did not name the managing director.
Monsur also admitted that the government ban, from mid-2009 till last month, on new gas connections bred corruption as during this time about 150,000 households and 120 industries obtained illegal connections.
Abdul Aziz said the definition of new connections might have been confused with connections which were reconnected or transferred.
Besides, a government committee led by the energy adviser had provided some new connections during the ban, he said.
“Titas only provided new gas connections to customers who had already paid for new connections in line with the government decision,” he said, questioning why Petrobangla had not disconnected those 120 connections.