LAHORE - All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) Chairman Amir Fayyaz has demanded withdrawal of electricity surcharges from independent feeders, saying Rs3.63 per unit surcharge should be removed from the export sector.

He said that on the electricity side the industry is being charged around Rs10.50 per unit and our competitors are being charged 7 to 8 cent per kWh.

“We are demanding a regionally competitive energy tariff,” he stressed.

While addressing a briefing also attended by the LESCO chief Wajid Ali Kazmi, APTMA Chairman Amir Fayyaz welcomed the announcement of appointment of a focal person in LESCO to solve the textile industry issues on priority.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Syed Wajid Ali Kazmi LESCO made this announcement during his visit to the APTMA Punjab office here.

He directed his Director Customer Services to appoint a focal person no less than Deputy Director Grade in LESCO and resolve the textile industry issues on priority. He assured the APTMA members of devising detailed terms of reference (ToRs) would be issued for the focal person.

Amir Fayyaz has also sought support from the distribution companies (DISCOs) on APTMA's proposals to the government to reduce energy cost for independent feeder customers in order to increase exports by $20 billion by installing 1000 new garment factories in next five years.

He said present huge trade gap can only be met through increase in exports of the country.

Earlier, Chairman APTMA Punjab Ali Pervaiz said the industry in Punjab is all set to shift to the system network (as system gas not available in Punjab) provided that DISCOs ensure uninterrupted quality power supply to the industry at an affordable tariff. He said LESCO has to entertain and resolve issues concerning to reconnection and new connections to the industry on priority basis. Also, he added, since textile industry consumes operates 24/7 and consumes electricity for 365 days therefore peak and off peak tariff should be equated especially since there is now surplus power in the country. He said time of use tariff was introduced to deal with the shortage of electricity & for industries which can ration power. However, since there is no such shortage now therefore there is no reason to enforce high peak tariff for uniform load textile industry esp. focused on exports