Acute nationwide gas supply crisis since Saturday made it difficult for families to prepare food for school going children and office goers.
Gas supply crisis also hit businesses hard as they can’t operate gas fired generators in the event of power failures.
The problem affected families and businesses in the capital and the port city of Chattogram.
Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Limited said that the crisis cropped up after liquefied natural gas supply to the natural gas supply pipeline from Floating Storage Regasification Unit at Moheshkhali suddenly stopped due to technical glitches.
On August 18, the government began feeding costly imported LNG into the natural gas supply system and the technical glitch developed barely two and a half months later.
TGTDC acting managing director Md Mostafa Kamal told New Age that moves were underway to suspend natural gas supply to less important fertilizer factories and power plants to increase cooking gas supply.
He said that domestic natural gas production was static but the crisis arose after no LNG was fed to the gas supply system since Saturday.
CNG filling stations and factories have also been hit by the gas supply crisis.
Motorists were seen waiting on queues getting longer often having to go back without getting gas.
Production has been hampered at AKH Group, the country’s one of the export oriented giant apparel firms, said its executive director Faridul Alam.
He said that the costing would soar as the factory was unable to run gas fired generators and was doing essential production by operating diesel fired generators.
Housewife Shathi Ahasan of Bashati Housing at Mirpur said that since Saturday she had to spend most of the night in her kitchen.
She said that she even could not boil water to bathe her 12-month old kid.
‘I was compelled to spend Tk 10,000 to buy induction cooker, woven and electric kettle besides fetching foods from restaurants,’ she said.
Families living in the capital shared her experiences.
Rubina Khatun of Dhanmondi Residential Area said that her family was depending on dry foods during the day time.
Residents in the City of Chattogram, the Gazipur City as well as Savar, Ashulia and Keraniganj in the outskirts of the capital said that the crisis was causing them huge sufferings.
TGTDC director for operations Kamruzzaman Khan said that average daily natural gas production stood at around 2,700 million cubic feet and another 350 million cubic feet of was fed to the supply system since August 18.
He said that needed supplies could be resumed in the last week of the current month after repairing the glitch.