PV Desk :  Musa Hawlader, a resident of Askar Dighi area in the port city, now has to buy Iftar items from hotels and restaurants as there is no gas supply to cook those at home.

“I know, these iftar items which I buy from restaurants is unhealthy but I’ve no option but to do that…we’ve been suffering a lot for the last several weeks due to inadequate supply of gas,” he said.

Residents of different areas in the port city, including Momin Road, Jamalkhan, Rahamatganj, Andarkilla, Pathorghata, Kazirdeuri, Muradpur, Bibirhat, Hamzarbagh, Hillview, Agrabad, Chowmuhoni, Madhyam Halishohor, Mirzapul, Chandgaon, Faridarpara, Bottol Mazar Gate, Ghat Farhad Begh, Bou Bazar, DC Road, Chawkbazar, Boro Miah Mosque, Kapashgola, KB Aman Ali road have been going through the same problem.

Residents of 30 wards among 41 wards of the Chattagram City Corporation are the worst sufferers.

The gas crisis turns acute from 5pm to 7pm which is the time for preparing meals for Iftar, said Roksana Begum, a resident of Jamalkhan area.

Sources at Karnaphuli Gas Distribution Company Limited (KGDCL) said the number of residential clients in the port city is around 4 lakh. Besides, there are about 3,000 industrial clients in factories and industries.

The total demand of gas in the city is 550 million cubic feet while the supply is only 250 million cubic feet, which is half of the demand, the sources said.