Power supply reduction to hurt economy


Ppi April 23, 2010

KARACHI: The reduction in Sindh’s power share by 300 megawatts will ultimately destroy the whole economy of Pakistan.

Karachi, especially, is the hub of trade and industry and provides 60 per cent revenue to the country and this decision of the government to save energy is irrational. The Chairman of the Pakistan Petroleum Dealers Association (PPDA) and CNG Dealers Association, Abdul Sami Khan, expressed these views in a statement on Friday. He said the decision of a twoday holiday in a week is harmful to the country’s economy and detrimental to the business community.

He said that the move will not save sufficient energy but would instead prove to be rather harmful. “Our seaports should remain open seven days a week, working 24 hours a day while all banks should also remain open six days a week to provide maximum services to all,” he said. Khan recalled that it had been proposed in the past to close CNG stations in the winter season for two days a week all over Pakistan but CNG dealers opposed it. “Again this issue is being raised for the closure of CNG stations all over the country, but this time too, we will strongly protest against the move,” he said.

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