KARACHI - While expressing concern over the energy crisis, Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Abdul Majid Haji Muhammad has said that 300 megawatts power shortfall to Karachi would slow down the wheels of the industries and distress the commercial activities in the business circles. Abdul Majid, in a statement, said, All walks of life, especially the productivity of industries would be affected in the largest metropolis of Pakistan due to drastic cut-down in power supply from Water & Power Development Authority to KESC. However, we would appreciate if government would take measures on war-footing to activate the power generations from idle hydel power plants converting to thermal with uninterrupted supply of furnace oil. Abdul Majid said that 300 megawatts deficiency counts a lot in the system of 2000 megawatts. Therefore, to overcome such deficit, collective efforts from public and private sectors are cry need of the day, he said. Abdul Majid, while commenting on the decision of observing 2 holidays a week, articulated that it would affect the productivity of human resource and subside effectual liaison between the public and private sector. He said that owing to five-day week, export-oriented industries feared a loss of 2.5 billion US dollars. The Chamber chief appealed to the private sector to enhance their national patriotic sense to conserve energy to maximum extent possible, whilst taking maximum benefits of daylight and switching off spare electrical appliances. Abdul Majid also appealed to President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani to bridge the existing gap between the demand and supply of electricity, while initiating extra ordinary measures to produce electricity from alternate energy sources along with acquiring shortfall of electricity from private energy companies.