Pakistan Industrial and Traders Associations Front strongly protest against continuous massive gas loadshedding

Lahore, March 20, 2013 (PPI-OT): Pakistan Industrial and Traders Associations Front (PIAF) has strongly protested against continuous massive gas loadshedding despite comprehensive cut in domestic usage and demanded of the SNGPL authorities to ensure availability of gas at least for 5 days a week for the industry.

The PIAF Chairman Malik Tahir Javed was talking to a delegation of the industrialists led by former Chairman of Lahore Township Industries Association Chaudhry Zaheer Bhutta.

The delegation informed the PIAF Chairman that despite change in weather and decrease in domestic use, SNGPL is providing gas for only 2 or 3 days.

PIAF Chairman said that SNGPL gas closure plan is proving last nail in the coffin. “SNGPL would have to reset its priorities regarding provision of gas otherwise situation would go out of hands”.

He said that the least gas supply to the Punjab industry is a well-calculated and well thought-out conspiracy. “The rise in number of unemployed would definitely give air to negative sentiments.”

“How can the industry afford to pay the all-time high mark up when there in no gas for the industrial sector.”

He said that there is a global phenomenon that industry is given top priority whereas in Pakistan it comes to the least and other sectors are given priority.

Malik Tahir Javed said that around 40 per cent of the industrial units in Punjab run on gas and gas suspension means no production by almost half of the industry and a loss of millions of rupees to the exchequer.

He said that the ‘discriminatory attitude’ was not only denting its goodwill and reputation but had also put a question mark on its ability to manage and govern things. He said that the units in Sindh were getting an almost uninterrupted supply except a two- to-three hour loadshedding.

He said that least gas supply to the industry was a death knell for export-based industry and productivity.

How the industry would be able to manage export orders worth millions of dollars when there is no gas? What about the thousands of daily wagers who have only one source of income? And above all, he added, how the policy makers would convince both the local and foreign investors for investment when it is unable to manage the supply of gas to existing industrial units. He said that the decision has sent a very negative signal to the foreign buyers. “Instead of coming up with some sort of relief package, the industry is being pushed to the wall. The gas suspension for four days a week is tantamount to throttling the industry to death.”

He said that shortage of gas is not the only issue its improper distribution also remains a cause of worry. Despite competitive quality and price, Pakistan exporters were unable to make delivery on time, he added.

He said that it seemed that some elements in the Gas department were hatching conspiracies against the industrial sector. Malik Tahir Javed also stressed the need for early completion of Pak-Iran Gas Pipeline Project in the larger interest of trade, industry and economy.

For more information, Contact:
Pakistan Industrial and Traders Associations Front
110/s Kot Lakhpat Industrial Estate
Lahore, Pakistan
Phone: (92) 42 5123522
Fax: (92) 42 5123522
Email: Info@piaf.pk

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