Authorities urged to address power shortages

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LAHORE: Central Chairman All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) Ahsan Bashir has said that a short supply of gas and electricity to the textile industry in Punjab has meant great losses for the industry, in a statement.

 

Presently, gas is being provided three days a week to the textile mills in Punjab against five days a week during the corresponding period last year. Similarly, the textile industry is being exposed to power cuts for as long as 14 to 16 hours a day against total exemption from electricity cuts on independent feeders during the same period last year, said Bashir.

 

“The textile industry is a major contributor to exports and GDP growth,” he said. “It also creates jobs for the manufacturing sector work force. It will not be able to perform if it is being pushed toward an energy crisis. This situation is impacting the viability of the industry, especially the Punjab-based industry,” he said.

 

Bashir further said that over 75 percent of the textile industry is located in Punjab, a province faced with an acute energy shortage. Meanwhile, certain elements have become active against the textile industry, pursuing government intervention in the free market mechanism, which is unacceptable to APTMA.

 

This situation is creating disparities and affecting exports besides aggravating unemployment in the country, he said. Already, some 40 percent production capacity in Punjab has been affected by the energy supply constraints. This industry is totally energy-dependent and any hurdle at any step of the textile chain affects the performance of the whole industry, he said.


Courtesy:  The News


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