Gas supply suspension causes closure of 1300 industrial units: LCCI
LAHORE: The Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry Monday urged the government to immediately stop discrimination in gas supply to Punjab industry as the suspension of gas supply had caused closure of over 1300 industrial units, rendering thousands of workers unemployed.
In a statement issued here, the LCCI Acting President Sheikh Mohammad Arshad expressed the fear the industrial sector would destabilize and unemployment would increase if the situation remains the same.
He said that around 40 per cent of the industrial units in Punjab run on gas and gas suspension means no production by almost half of the industry in Punjab and a loss of millions of rupees to the exchequer. Sheikh Mohammad Arshad said that the 'discriminatory attitude' of the government was not only denting its goodwill and reputation but had also put a question mark on its ability to manage and govern things. He said that the units in Sindh were getting an almost uninterrupted supply except a two-to three-hour loadshedding.
Pointing out that the gas suspension plan a death knell for export-based industry and productivity, Sheikh Arshad sought the Prime Minister's intervention and help for a regular supply of gas to the industry in Punjab.
How the industry would be able to manage export orders worth millions of dollars when there is no gas? What about the thousands of daily wagers who have a single source of income? And above all, they added, how the government would convince both the local and foreign investors for investment when it is unable to manage the supply of gas to existing industrial units. He said that the decision would send a very negative signal to the foreign buyers. "Instead of coming up with some sort of relief package, the industry is being pushed to the wall. The gas curtailment or disconnection is tantamount to throttling the industry to death."
He said that it seemed that some elements in the Gas department were hatching conspiracies against the government to defame it.
He said that the businessmen were unable to understand that why the business community was not taken into confidence over industry-related issues and if the SNGPL was facing some supply related issues they must bring them to the notice of real stakeholders well ahead of time. -App