LAHORE: Chairman APTMA Punjab S M Tanveer has said that the Punjab-based textile industry on independent feeders is facing six to eight hours of electricity load shedding, resulting into one-shift closure. He apprehended that if industry is not provided with uninterrupted electricity supply, mills would be constraint to opt complete closure of their operations.
According to him, the Punjab based industry is responsible for more than 86% of PEPCO’s total industrial sector revenue being penalized both on account of the inordinately high and in-competitive tariff reaching upto Rs. 18/- per unit. coupled with 6 to 8 hours daily load shedding. The industry is fully compliant in paying electricity bills and is also receiving electricity supply on zero line losses.
Furthermore, Chairman APTMA Punjab said that the low availability of gas supply to the Punjab based Textile Industry aggravates the situation, while such industry in other provinces is being provided gas supply 24/7 resulting in extremely low energy cost for them. A large number of units without backup of gas supply and fully dependent on PEPCO were the worst hit and needed support from the Ministry of Water & Power for full provision of electricity supply, he emphasized.
Already, he said, the Punjab-based textile mills on independent feeders have been exposed to unprecedented electricity load shedding. As a result, he said, a good number of textile mills have closed down completely and chance of their revival is very minimal.
S M Tanveer has urged the Chief Minister Punjab and Federal Minister for Water & Power to take stock of the situation and issue directions to PEPCO and DISCOs to provide uninterrupted power supply to the Punjab-based textile mills on independent feeders in order to keep them running and to ensure raw material supplies to the value added industry to meet international export orders in the wake of GSP plus facility from the EU.