LAHORE - The Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry has strongly criticised governments three-day gas closure decision, saying that the step would bring the industrial wheel to a grinding halt as it would not only curtail the industrial production but also add to the unemployment. In a statement issued here Thursday, LCCI President Irfan Qaiser Sheikh, Senior Vice President Kashif Younas Mehar and Vice President Saeeda Nazar 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. He said that a number of industrial units would be left with no other option but to close down their operations if the gas supply situation is not improved. Sheikh said that it seemed that some elements in the Gas Department were hatching conspiracies against the govt to defame it that was otherwise doing a lot for the economic revival of the country. He said that they were unable to understand that why the business community was not taken into confidence over industry-related issues and if the SNGPL was facing some supply related issues they must bring them to the notice of real stakeholders.