LAHORE - The Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry Tuesday strongly criticised the SNGPL authorities for notifying additional five-day loadshedding to the industry in the month of August that had already suffered 17 per cent production losses due to one-day weekly gas holiday in the last four months. In a statement issued here, the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Zafar Iqbal Chaudhry said that the industry would not be able to survive if an additional gas shutdown was carried out that too without the consultation of stakeholders. The Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry President said that the industrial growth in the country was already at its lowest ebb only because of implementation the wrong and illogical policies. Zafar Iqbal Chaudhry said that the people sitting at the helm of affairs must look in the situation that is bound to push the entire industry to the wall. The Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry President said that the Sui Gas authorities had promised that the weekly gas holiday would be done away with very soon but instead of restoring the gas supply for whole of the week, a new notification has been issued by the SNGPL. Zafar Iqbal Chaudhry said that if the SNGPL was facing any sort of shortfall it should not shift it to the industrial sector that had already facing multiple challenges. He urged the authorities to shelve the plan for additional gas shutdown in the month of August that would not only further curtail the industrial production but would also be adding to the unemployment. Zafar Iqbal Chaudhry said that Industrial sector was already passing through very critical times due to acute shortage of electricity and bad of law and order situation. He said that the business community was sure that due to change of weather and decrease in domestic use of gas, its supply to the industrial sector would improve but unfortunately there was no improvement in the supply of gas adding to the miseries of the business community. The LCCI President said that a number of industrial units would be left with no other option but to close down their operations if plan for additional gas shutdown was implemented. Meanwhile, in the wake of havoc played by the floods, an emergent meeting of all the former LCCI office-bearers including former Presidents, Senior Vice Presidents and Vice Presidents held here at the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry wherein they have decided to extend maximum cooperation in the shape of cash and kind to the flood affectees. The meeting, presided over by the LCCI President Zafar Iqbal Chaudhry, also appreciated the government efforts aimed at ensuring relief to people of far-flung areas. They all were of the opinion that in this hour of need the marooned and the displaced persons must not be left alone rather the whole nation should join in the efforts for their early rehabilitation. The LCCI former office-bearers said that all the efforts should be focused on the shifting of people of flood-hit areas to safer places, provision of food and medicines to them. They said that the business community in general and the Lahore Chamber of Commerce in particular would make all out efforts and allocate maximum funds to ensure relief to those who are in dire need of it at the moment. The Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Zafar Iqbal Chaudhry while giving briefing to the former office-bearers informed them that the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry had already established a Relief Fund with an amount of Rs 10 million while its existing Executive Committee had also promised to donate to this Fund. He said that he along with his Executive Committee member was going to start Markets visits to generate funds for the flood affectees. He said that the he had also convened a meeting of all the Conveners and Co-conveners to seek their cooperation for this noble cause.