LAHORE Fast increasing gap between the demand and supply of electricity and prolonged unannounced power cuts show that government is least worried about economic degradation and is not interested in taking corrective measures for the sake of the industrial sector. If the energy crisis remains the same, industrialists would take not much time to say goodbye to their own country and shift their industrial units to the Bangladesh and other countries where the industrial sector is the top most priority. In a statement issued here Wednesday, Chairman Lahore Township Industries Association Haroon Shafiq Chaudhry, PIAF Senior Vice Chairman Nadar Kamal Osman and Chairman Autoparts Manufacturers & Exporters Association Tahir Javed Malik said that industrialists of Lahore Township Industrial Area have repeatedly appealed to the President, Prime Minister, Federal Minister of Water & Power, Chief Minister and LESCO officials to understand the gravity of the situation and ensure unintrupted electricity supply to the industrial area but it is very unfortunate that situation is aggravating with every passing day. They said that industrialists have also requested to the LESCO officials to prepare load shedding schedule for the Lahore Township Industrial area instead of cutting the electricity supply after every hour but they did not bother to provide relief to the businessmen of the area. They said that industrialists of the Lahore Township Industrial Area are paying billions rupees in the wake of electricity & gas bills, sales tax, income tax and social security while also providing employment to more than 40 thousand workers but prolonged and unannounced load shedding has put the survival of the area on stake. The business community leaders said that due to energy crisis a large number of textile units have been shifted to the Bangladesh while a staggering amount had also been shifted to Malaysia for business purposes in the last eight years but government is unmoved. They said that if immediate measures were not taken to ensure continuous supply of electricity to the industrial units, nothing could stop the industrial wheel from coming to a grinding halt and resultant massive lay-offs. They said that industry was already passing through a very difficult times and the none-supply of power and gas was adding fuel to fire. They said that this would not only bring the graph of exports o down but would also jackup the graph of unemployment in the country. They appealed to the Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani and Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif to look into the matter and ensure supply of power and gas to the industrial units on priority basis.