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The textile industry is being exposed to 14–16 hours a day loadshedding of electricity now against total exemption from loadshedding of electricity on independent feeders during the same period last year.

The industry circles have apprehended heavy losses due to short supply of gas and electricity to the textile industry in Punjab. Right now, three days a week gas supply is being made to the textile mills in Punjab against five days a week during the corresponding period last year. They said that the textile industry is a major contributor to the exports and GDP growth besides creating jobs for the manufacturing sector work force. However, the textile industry would not be able to perform if its sustainability is being compromised time and again and pushed to energy crisis. This situation is hitting the viability of the industry, especially the Punjab-based industry.

Over 75% of the textile industry is located in the province of Punjab, which is being subjected to unprecedented shortage of energy supplies. Meanwhile, the vested interest elements have become active against the textile industry, pursuing the government intervene the free market mechanism and widen the discrepancies, which would not be acceptable to the APTMA at any cost.

This situation is creating disparities and affecting exports besides aggravating unemployment in the country. Already, some 40 percent production capacity in Punjab is badly affected due to energy supply constraints. No one is ready to understand that the textile industry runs on the feasibility of 365 days a year without interruption. This industry is totally energy-dependent and any hurdle at any step of the textile chain affects the performance of whole industry.

Central Chairman All Pakistan Textile Mills Association Ahsan Bashir has urged the caretaker Prime Minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso and Minister for Petroleum & Natural Resources Wajahat Sohail to immediately restore gas supply for five days a week and ensure uninterrupted electricity supply to the textile mills on independent feeders in Punjab and enable the textile industry to undertake production, meet export orders and retain employment.