All Pakistan Textile Mill Association (Aptma) Chairman SM Tanveer has expressed deep concerns over continuing shortage in electricity and gas supply to Punjab-based textile mills over the last three weeks resulting in the closure of one shift.
He deplored that the Punjab-based textile industry operations are in distress due to short supply of both electricity and gas. “The appeals of the industry are falling on deaf ears of the National Transmission and Despatch Company (NTDC)/distribution companies (DISCOs),” he said.
At present, Punjab-based textile mills are receiving gas supply for six hours and electricity for 16 hours a day, Absence of power for two hours a day is resulting in slowing down of mills’ operations, forcing them to run below capacity. “The textile industry, due to energy supply suspensions, has been unable to reach its potential,” said Tanveer.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 14th, 2015.