LAHORE The All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) Chairman Gohar Ejaz has said that 12-hour daily power outages have hit the textile units located at MangaRaiwind and MultanBhai Pheru roads, which fall in the LESCO jurisdiction. Talking to The Nation the APTMA Chairman said the textile industry was a major sufferer of energy crisis, as continuous suspension of gas supply from the SNGPL network for over three days a week along with power breakdowns have affected production capacity to the extent of 43 per cent. We have been assured of non-stop power supply from the Lesco authorities to the textile industrial units but no implementation is being made in this regard. There is no schedule of loadshedding, as the industry has been facing power cuts after every one hour, Ejaz stated. He said that the industrial units located in the vicinity of Lesco, including MangaRaiwind road and MultanBhai Pheru road, on Tuesday faced a severe power breakdowns of over 19-hour. He said the govt should provide uninterrupted power supply to textile industry consumers through independent or grouped feeders, enabling it to achieve production mainly meant for exports. He said a sizeable workforce is being hit hard during loadshedding, as the affected textile units have no option but to lay off. According to him, this situation may lead to a serious law and order situation in the concerned areas. He also questioned the partiality towards textile industry and said the textile industry failed to understand that why it is being subjected to 10 -12 hours loadshedding when shortage has considerably been overcome. He said that President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari has declared 2011 as the Year of Textile. The industry is therefore keenly looking forward to achieve record export target of $14 billion this year. He urged the Federal Minister for Water and Power to direct LESCO for observing exemption from loadshedding for textile industry across the country, enabling it to meet the high expectations of President of Pakistan from the industry. Regarding energy crisis, the All Pakistan Textile Mills Association chief said the Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources should play his role in resolving the energy crisis. Gohar Ejaz hoped that the ministry, led by Dr Asim Husain, could resolve the energy issues including shortage, mismanagement and utilization of natural gas as a source for using and energizing the industry in the larger economic interest. He said the Aptma had assured President Asif Ali Zardari during its annual dinner at Aiwan-i-Sadr on Feb 11 of $14 billion exports this year. He said the textile industry had also sought generation of 6000MW electricity in three years through hydel, coal and gas under medium term plan of energy policy besides removal of subsidies without delay. Mr Ejaz also appealed the minister to ensure import of 1000mmcfd LNG to meet the shortage and distribute it through the SNGPL and SSGC network on the basis of weighted average which would cost all consumers 20 per cent higher but would end the shortage. He said that worlds third largest spinning industry of Pakistan has closed down 43 percent capacity owing to energy crisis in the country. He said that the SNGPL and Pepco, in spite of instructions from the President Asif Ali Zardari, are both curtailing industry supply to the textile industry. It has brought industry to a situation to take prudent decision not to run on alternate fuel during the disconnection of gas supply period for three days a week He also noted that the alternate fuel like diesel cannot be used now to meet energy requirement for production. It may be noted that the spinning industry confidence survey has revealed that the ongoing crisis has already resulted into closure of 29 percent production capacity in the country. Energy crisis is worsening in the country while the government has failed to tackle the issue, which is causing increase in input cost of industrial products. APTMA chairman urged the government to import LNG gas to meet energy shortage. He appealed the Federal Minister to ensure import of at least 1000 MMCFD LNG gas to meet the shortage and distribute through SNGPL and SSGC network on the basis of weighted average, which will cost all consumers 20 percent higher but will help end the shortage, which is causing 43 percent load shedding of industry on SNGPL network. APTMA leadership has stressed that the petroleum ministry resolve the issue expressing hope that the new Federal Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Dr Asim Hussain would resolve the energy issue including shortage, mismanagement and utilisation of natural gas as a source for using and energising the industry in the larger economic interest. Gohar further said that the textile industry was a major sufferer of energy crisis.