Non-availability of gas, power: Faisalabad industrial units remain closed

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More than industrial units in Faisalabad region remained closed due to non-availability of gas and load-shedding of electricity, while protest of textile workers, industrialist, textile exporters, hosiery manufacturers, powerlooms owners and ancillaries was continued on second day.

Meanwhile, the low gas pressure irks consumers and affecting the routine life of residents and creating problems for them in the chilly weather.

The residents of many localities of Muhammadpura, Gobindpura, Gulberg, Jinnah Colony, Grunanikpura, Khalidabad, Clock Tower and its eight Bazars, Liaqatabad, Saifabad, Jhang road, Sitana Road are witnessing seven to ten hours without gas and its worst low pressure. The speakers were addressing the protesters said that the Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Ltd (SNGPL) and ministry of industries are on the same page for gas shedding to industries. The gas supply to Faisalabad industries in winter is the worst, which is anti-industry, anti-worker and anti-export, they added.

Commenting over the prevailing situation, Mian Zahid Aslam, President Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry (FCCI) mentioned that the gas to industrial sector was used to curtail in the previous winters due to enhanced domestic consumption and city load on its system but this time the supply situation has proved worst resulting into halting the industrial production to standstill.

Chamber Chief referred that 80 per cent of textile industry is located in Punjab and out of $14 billion exports of textile, $10 billion are originated from Punjab where Faisalabad contributes to $4 billion per annum. There was no alternative fuel available to replace the gas essentially required for production process in textile industries.

He continued that Faisalabad textile sector contributes to $4 billion to the national textile exports as well as meet the domestic demand, which has also risen due to increased requirement with the severe winter across the country for warm fabrics and clothing.

He said that country's economy was still in the phase of recession where energy crisis has badly affected to the export earnings as well as domestic commerce added with dwindling foreign direct investment and poor law and order situation. The only way to sustain the deteriorating macro-economic indicators was through increased foreign exchange earnings by increased exports but the situation is quite on reverse.

Courtesy: Business Recorder

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