Aptma protests against power outages in Punjab

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LAHORE: Industrial and domestic power outages have reached a historic level in Punjab, threatening the livelihoods of millions of workers, All Pakistan Textile Mills Association’s (Aptma) leadership said. “We strongly protest against Punjab-specific domestic and industrial power outages” Aptma Chairman Ahsan Bashir said, while addressing a press conference.

He said that power distribution companies cut off eight hours of power supply for the textile industry on Sunday and have now threatened to stop total supplies for an indefinite period. “In fact, they have severed power connection of Faisalabad-based textile mills today on the plea that they have gas-run captive units” he said.

Bashir said that gas supplies have been restricted to three days a week with a possibility of further reduction to two days a week. He said that the interim setup is in the best position to take difficult measures, such as nabbing power thieves and ordering recoveries worth hundreds of billions from defaulters. “The government should ensure fuel supply to all power generation companies to increase power production,” he said.

He regretted that last year in April, the country’s power generation stood at 14,000 MW, which has now slumped to below 8,000 MW. He said that the flaws in the system include inadequate recoveries of billed amount and rampant power theft. “Textile mills pay 100 percent bills and their line losses are zero,” he said. He wondered as to why the sector, which is providing the much-needed cash to power distribution companies, is being deprived of electricity. This measure, he added, will place additional financial burden on the power management system.

 

Courtesy: The News


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