Islamabad (APP): The government has announced to set up over 60 Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG)-air mix plants in specified areas to facilitate the backward areas in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), Chitral, Gilgit-Baltistan and Balochistan.

Sui Northern Gas Pipeline Limited (SNGPL) and Sui Southern Gas Company Limited (SSGCL) will establish the plants in their respective far flung areas at an estimated cost of Rs 1353.29 million.

An official of the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources said, “The companies will set up the LPG-air mix plants and supply lines using their own funds.”

The companies would set up 30 air mix plants each on their respective transmission network in the specified areas.

The setting up of the LPG-air mix plants would save these areas from the rapid deforestation due to use of trees as firewood, they added.

Recently, the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) has also approved setting up of LPG-air mix plants at Murree (Kurbagla, Dewal, Company Bagh and Tret), Awaran and Bella.