Restaurant-goers from the city as well as those who had travelled all the way from Delhi had a hard time on Thursday as major food outlets could not serve food due to leakage in the piped natural gas (PNG) supply line.
Business was affected at KFC, Vango, Striker Pub & Brewery and others on the Golf Course Road, and Fox on MG Road.
Some restaurants could not serve food during the ‘Happy Hours,’ while others failed to serve dinner altogether. However, the supply of gas was restored later in the evening.
The earth-movers of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda), which were repairing the water line on the Golf Course Road around 4pm on Thursday, damaged the PNG pipeline of the Haryana City Gas Distributors Limited.
After receiving the information, the company team restored a part of the supply on Golf Course Road by 6pm.
However, the supply to MG Road remained affected till late evening on Thursday.
Food outlets that suffered the most were KFC and Vango on Golf Course Road.
Business at Fox on the MG Road was also affected during the peak hours.
“During the happy hours at 4pm, people prefer drinks rather than food. We had to arrange snacks from our other kitchen. Our guests suffered a lot. PNG has its own monopoly in town and there is no substitute for it. We had to arrange for an LPG connection,” said Vineet Taing of Vatika group.
“There is a ring of PNG pipeline around the town. After every kilometre, there is a safety valve attached to the line. On receiving information about the leakage, we closed the safety line to avoid further damage. It takes time to repair the pipeline,” said Amit Kumar, senior manager, Haryana City Gas Distribution Limited.