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Dearth in gas supply hits garment industry
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Apr '10
According to the industry experts, scarcity in gas supply has considerably brought down the productivity of the apparel and textile mills in the industrial belts of Ashulia, Kaliakoir and Savar.

As dearth in gas supply affects the industry, production in some of the factories have been badly knocked down during summers leading to just half of the normal production.

A leading spinning mill owner divulged that, owing to inadequate gas supply he could operate only 30,624 spindles of the total 64,000. He further said that, during day hours they are compelled to operate at 50 percent of their capacity, however, during night time as the gas consumption decreases, the situation gets better.

Mainly, it is between 11 am to 2.30 pm, which are the peak hours of production, that the industrial belt experiences the worst of gas crunch.

The factories can operate at full capacity, post dusk, as gas pressures increase by then. But by this time workers have left for their homes, as their work time is over and thus, most of the factories have to satisfy themselves with half the production than their normal capacity.

When industry owners were notified about government's move to enhance gas supply to industries by reducing supply to five fertilizer factories, the owners admitted that this would partly ease the situation.

Another firm owner also shared similar experiences regarding the energy crunch. He said that, the gas supply was bare minimum and that, even by operating generators they were able to produce only 2.7 megawatts of electricity, which is utilized for carrying out operations of their garment division during day hours.

Failure to meet international buyer's delivery deadline raises their costs of garments as then these goods have to be sent via air route. This has also forced the industry owners to pay more to their workers for their overtime, to ensure on-time manufacture delivery of goods.

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India

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