LOADSHEDDING: Textile industry moves SC

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LOADSHEDDING: Textile industry moves SC

LAHORE Textile industry has moved the Supreme Court of Pakistan against unequal power supply to the Punjab industry on the plea that the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) SRO 45(I)/2005 dated 11th January 2005 has categorically stipulated that equality is to be maintained among the six categories of consumers without discrimination.

“But actually the NTDC, PEPOC and DISCOs new loadshedding schedule in the light of court’s order has negated the NEPRA instructions altogether and exposed the industrial consumers to 10–12 hours a day loadshedding forthwith.”

This has adversely affected industry all across Pakistan, as both production and employment, particularly of the daily wage earners, have started experiencing a very significant reduction unless the decision to enhance industrial loadshedding to equate it to the loadshedding for domestic consumers is reversed, observed spokesperson of the APTMA.  He said that the Supreme Court has issued notice to the Ministry of Water & Power for 10th June on this petition against drastic increase in the loadshedding in the supply of electric power to industry in general and textile industry in particular.

Leading lawyer Salman Akram Raja appeared on behalf of the Aptma along with Executive Committee members.

The Association moved the petition in response to the apex court’s order dated 21st May and 31st May respectively where the court desired equal distribution of electricity amongst consumers while taking suo moto notice on the news clipping published in the Daily Pakistan dated 17th April 2013.

He said the Association maintained in its petition that it has humble understanding that the Court had desired equal treatment without any discrimination between identically placed consumers of electric power.

He said that 50 percent of Punjab-based textile industry has suspended production and consequential bankruptcies are on the cards. Already the industry has faced 185 days suspension of gas supply and average six hours a day electricity load shedding last year. The present situation would have negative impact on industry growth if no timely action is taken, he added

Courtesy:  Nation

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