LAHORE:Energy outages force textile mills to run on single shift

Production of more than 100 mills in textile sector has been cut down in Punjab as the industry is running solely in one shift because of severe power breakdowns.


This was stated by APTMA group leader Gohar Ejaz while addressing a press conference along with Senior Vice Chairman APTMA Seth Akbar and Chairman APTMA Punjab S M Tanveer.
Gohar Ejaz said that the mills management is being pressured to fold down second shift after an increase in load shedding to 10 hours a daylight.

He further supposed that approximately 10 million workers are attached to textile industry directly and indirectly, and 70% of the industry located in Punjab, which is already carrying the brunt of Rs100 billion in terms of inter-provincial disparity on energy tariffs.

He appealed the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif to ensure energy supply, both electricity and gas, to the fabric industry in order to deflect the situation fast leading to massive unemployment.

He stated on that point was zero load shedding for textile industry in 2011 and 2012 when power generation was 12244MW and 10500MW respectively.

In 2013 he said, the industry was facing six hours a day load shedding when power generation was 10500MW.

Still, the industry is forced to face 10 hours a day load shedding today when power generation is 11000MW, he added.

Gohar said the cloth industry was setting out six days a week gas supply in 2010, five days a week in 2011, five days a week in 2012, three days a week in 2013 which has now further reduced to two and a half days in 2014.

APTMA leader said total demand for gas of the industry was not more than 150MMCFD to generate 1000MW which can easily be filled by the government by according industrialization a priority.

Senior Vice Chairman APTMA Seth Akbar said thousands of textile workers are being jobless and are unhappy with the state of affairs.

He said the textile factories are being thrust to close down shifts with sudden increase in electricity load shedding from 8 by 10 hours.

In the first place, he said, majority of mills was operating on one break due to eight hours a day to load shedding.

Chairman APTMA Punjab S, M Tanveer urged the regime to arrest five members ministerial committee established by the Prime Minister to resolve textile industry matters and allow industry to avail the opportunities of GSP plus facility by operating to full potential and preserve one thousand thousands of direct and indirect workers attached with the manufacture.

The APTMA leadership apprehended that the viability of the industry will be totally worn away in case the regime goes wrong to resolve energy relating matters.

There is an urgent need of prioritisation so far as energy supply to the industry is concerned.


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