KCCI expresses dismay over gas suspension to industries, demands immediate restoration

Karachi,
February 08, 2019 (PPI-OT): President Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry
(KCCI) Junaid Esmail Makda, while expressing dismay over the abrupt shutdown of
gas supply to industries situated in various industrial zones in Karachi
particularly Site Industrial Area, stated that gas supply has remained
suspended to industries since last three consecutive days as the utility service
provider has kept the pressure very low, which has resulted in terribly
affecting the overall production and was causing severe losses of up to
billions of rupees.

“Although
the PM’s Advisor Razzak Dawood has pledged to achieve the export target US$40
billion but if the situation goes on like this with no gas supply and severe
water shortages, we fear that the government will not be able to achieve this
ambitious target”, he added in a statement issued.

Junaid
Makda stated that it was a matter of grave concern that gas supply remains
almost zilch since last three consecutive days but not a single decision maker
neither from Islamabad nor from Sindh government have bothered to pay any
attention to this serious issue. “Despite the assurances given by Governor
Sindh to restore gas supply to industries, SSGC has once again issued a letter
to all industrial associations in which they asked the industries to reduce the
load of their captive power plants and operate at 50 percent below their normal
consumption which is simply not possible as when there is hardly any gas
available because of low pressure, how could they reduce their consumption to
50 percent”, he added.

“We, the
business and industrial community of Karachi, are already suffering badly
because of high cost of doing business therefore the suspension of gas in
Karachi would not only prove detrimental for the industry but would also lead
to worsening the economic crises, besides raising poverty and unemployment”, he
opined.

Junaid
Makda demanded from the Federal and Provincial Governments to take notice of
the situation and order the SSGC to immediately restore gas supplies to
industries otherwise, it will have a negative impact on all the economic
indicators of the country, keeping in view the lead role being played by
Karachi city in the overall economic development of the country. The Federal
government must honour its commitment by issuing strict directives to SSGC for
uninterrupted supply to industrial units in Karachi, he reiterated.

He was fairly
optimistic that keeping in view the seriousness being exhibited by the present
government towards resolving numerous issues and vowing to ensure Ease of Doing
Business (EODB), the honourable Prime Minister Imran Khan would advise to
relevant Ministry to look into this serious issue on priority and take steps to
restore gas to industries at adequate gas pressure so that they could operate
smoothly without any kind of trouble.

For more information, contact:

Director Press/Electronic Media and Public
Relations

Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry
(KCCI)

Aiwan-e-Tijarat Road, Off
Shahrah-e-Liaquat,

Karachi-74000

Phone: +92-21-99218001-09

Fax: +92-21-99218040

Email: info@kcci.com.pk,
secretary@kcci.com.pk

Website: www.kcci.com.pk

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