SIALKOT - As many as 28 water filtration plants out of total 30 have been lying out of order for the last two years in Sambrial City due to slackness of the TMA. The local people have been suffering great difficulties in getting potable water in the entire tehsil.  These filtration plants were established by the TMA in collaboration with the district administration several years ago for providing potable water to the locals.

Since then, the TMA allegedly had not allocated necessary funds for the repairing or replacement of the water plants.

Resultantly, 28 water filtration plants out of the total 30 have been lying out of order for the last two years.

All the taps, electrical motors and other appliances had been stolen from these water filtration plants by unidentified accused and officials concerned have never bothered to pay any attention towards the issue.

When contacted, the senior officials of TMA said that the TMA had no funds for the purpose.

Local business, political, educational and religious circles have expressed grave concern over the criminal negligence of the authority concerned. They demanded Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Commissioner Abdul Jabbar Shaheen and DCO Zahid Saleem Gondal to look into the matter and ensure early rectification of the non-functional water filtration plants in the larger interest of local people.

Power, gas loadshedding hitting industry hard: Prolonged power outage and low pressure of Sui gas have been hitting hard the industrial sector, trade activities and common man in this export-oriented city and hub of cottage industry of the country. The exporter community has been confronted with multifarious problems due to the unscheduled power outage.

These views were expressed by Chairman Departmental Committee of Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Wapda Mian Muhammad Anwar while talking to media here the other day.  He said that the power cuts hitting hard the industrial sector as a result of which the exporters were facing serious problems in fulfilling their international commitments while the foreign buyers were reluctant to give new orders to Pakistani exporters and considering shift their business to other countries due the poor prevailing condition.

Anwar said that the unscheduled loadshedding was also affecting domestic, small businessmen, daily wagers, hospitals, and clinics. He said that Sialkot was earning $1.5 billon dollars through its export annually and strengthening the national exchequer as well as providing employment opportunities to thousands of workers including women folk.

Mian Anwar said that in this modern era, most the countries were providing concessions and incentives to their industrial sectors just to become economically strong but unlikely in Pakistan the picture was very bleak and totally against as compared to the other countries because everyday imposition of taxes and increase in petroleum and electricity prices had become a permanent feature. Most of the key buyers were considering shifting their businesses from Pakistan, which would be a serious blow to national economy and ultimately Pakistan would not lose its international credibility but also lose international market.

He said that to avoid crippling of industrial sector there was an immediate need for providing inexpensive smooth supply of electricity to the industry to keep the industrial wheel on and boost the national economy.