The Oil Ministry has stopped making fresh allocation of natural gas from domestic fields to the city gas distribution (CGD) sector. This has threatened the viability of Rs 2,000 billion investment planned in the sector, besides a hike in compressed natural gas (CNG) and piped cooking gas (PNG) prices to record levels. Despite Union Cabinet’s decision to give 100 per cent gas supply under ‘no cut’ priority to the CGD sector, current supplies have been maintained as per demand levels of March 2021. In addition to this, the process of allocating gas on a six-monthly average drawl is punishing the CGD entities driving growth.