Low gas pressure cripples textile industry in Punjab: APTMA
Staff Report of Dailytimes
LAHORE: All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) Punjab spokesman said exceptionally low pressure of gas supply has crippled textile industry in Punjab.
Such situation unable to operate and keep over 10 million jobs intact. He deplored the unilateral decision of Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) for unfair and inequitable disconnections of gas supply to textile industry.
SNGPL has not taken the industry stakeholders into confidence, and the gas supply on the SNGPL network was below 50 percent against contractual pressure and sometimes it reaches to the vicinity of zero percent.
As per the prevailing schedule, the SNGPL is bound to provide five days a week uninterrupted gas supply to the industry in Punjab.
He said the uncertainty of gas availability not only causing operational losses but also at time mills pay the labourers without deploying them to work.
The textile clusters like Manga Raiwind Road and Sheikhupura Road are almost out of order and textile workers are becoming jobless with every passing day, that may cause law and order situation ahead, he apprehended. Textile industry in Punjab has already witnessed gas supply cut for 184 due to non-availability of gas during the outgoing fiscal year. However, the situation has become worst since last 10 days when the phenomenon of low gas pressure has crippled the operations of textile industry altogether throughout Punjab, he added.
APTMA has urged President, Prime Minister and concerned authorities to immediately intervene and save the industry from collapse, already bearing heavy losses due to circumstances beyond its control.