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Chairman APTMA asks for uninterrupted gas supply from March 1
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Feb '11
Chairman All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) Gohar Ejaz has demanded uninterrupted gas supply to the textile industry from 1st March 2011.

He warned the industry may suffer serious production losses in the absence of smooth supply of gas, already left behind in the international market due to Pakistan's image problem abroad.

He was leading a delegation of APTMA members in a meeting with Managing Director SNGPL A. Rashid Lone on Tuesday. Gohar Ejaz expressed serious concerns of the industry over unprecedented gas supply suspension this winter, causing serious production losses.

He said the textile industry is being denied gas supply for four days a week, contrary to the decision of the ECC for disconnection of two days a week only. The decision was made in the meeting held with the Prime Minister of Pakistan in the presence of Chief Minister Punjab wherein APTMA Chairman presented the case regarding supply of gas to the industry for five days a week in winter. Since the gas shortage in winter on SNGPL system was around 600 MMCFD therefore disconnection should not have been more than 15 percent had it been shared equally by all consumers. But unfortunately, the whole burden of gas shortage has been shifted to the textile industry, resulting in four days disconnection and three days' supply a week, he added.

Gohar said the textile industry has already witnessed a gas cut of 54 days during last three months, starting from middle of November 2010 as of 23rd February 2011. This is causing serious concerns for the textile industry on SNGPL network competing within the country.

The APTMA delegation has urged the MD SNGPL to provide uninterrupted gas supply to the industry from 1st March to enable industry to meet international commitments.

The MD SNGPL A. Rashid Lone assured Chairman APTMA of all possible means to provide uninterrupted gas supply to the textile industry from 1st March 2011.

It may be noted that President Asif Ali Zardari has declared 2011 as the year of textile. It is therefore imperative for utility supply companies including SNGPL to ensure uninterrupted energy supply to the textile industry for meeting export, investment and employment targets set for the year.

All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA)

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