FAISALABAD - The Pakistan Textile Exporters Association (PTEA) have criticized the low pressure of gas supply to textile industry as 90 percent low gas pressure has been hitting the industrial production, rendering the textile industry unable to operate.

In a statement issued, PTEA Chairman Asghar Ali and Vice Chairman Muhammad Asif said that industrial units in different industrial clusters of Faisalabad like Khurrianwala, Sargodha Road and Sammundri Road were confronted with extremely low gas pressure which was severely affecting their production output, adding that the industry was unable to operate under the circumstances and keep over a million jobs. The gas supply to industries in Faisalabad has been restored on Monday for three days a week but exceptionally low pressure which sometimes reaches to the vicinity of zero percent causing heavy operational losses to the industry,” they pointed out, adding that different industrial clusters in the region were almost out of order.

They complained that low gas pressure was crippling the industrial chain and gas authorities must tackle the situation, which was putting an adverse effect on the production, especially exporters of textiles were facing host of problems as they were unable to produce and export textile products at the given time frame. Industrialists were risking everything to keep the wheel of economy running, however, the government is not paying heed to their problems, they lamented. The low pressure strategies would cause the textile sector to incur a loss of Rs1 billion per day in export revenues and value addition in the region.

They proposed supply gas to CNG and industrial sectors on different days to cater the low pressure problem. Government should get in touch with all stakeholders to preserve the industry and formulate a strong strategy for the future, they said and demanded increasing in gas supply to industries at least five days a week as the weather has been changed.

The PTEA chairman was of the view that industrialists were playing vital role in boosting economy and government should take remedial measures to end the woes of industry as closure of industry would lead to major joblessness. Some invisible hands are in action to make textile industry inoperative in Punjab, as time and again these elements hit the viability of textile industry, he opined.

The PTEA office-bearers urged the authorities to ensure optimum gas supply to industry with full pressure to enable the exporters fulfil their commitments with foreign buyers, failing which the country would lose not only much wanted precious foreign exchange but also export markets to the rivals.