LAHORE- The Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry Saturday demanded of the government to implement decisions of Energy Conference 2012 and ensure adequate and equal supply of electricity throughout the country.

At the LCCI Executive Committee meeting the LCCI President Irfan Qaiser Sheikh, Senior Vice President Kashif Younis Meher and Executive Members said that despite a consensus decision at the Energy Conference held on April 9th 2012 and a solemn pledge by the Prime Minister for equal load shedding across Pakistan, the electricity consumers in Interior Sindh, KPK, and most especially Punjab continue to suffer from unjust and prolonged load shedding. They said that the acute electricity and gas shortage has not only crippled the trade and industry but is also bringing widespread unemployment and poverty.

They said that the consumers of the efficient distribution companies with lowest line losses and highest bill collection are being treated unfairly by not only being subjected to worst load shedding, but also by paying for the losses of inefficient distribution companies through cross subsidies.

They said it was very unfortunate that loadshedding in Faisalabad, Gujranwala and Lahore is 10 to 18 hours while in Hyderabad 4 to 8 hours, Karachi 2 hours, Nawab Shah 6 to 8 hours, Peshawar 6 to 10 hours, Quetta 4 to 8 hours, Rawalpindi 8 to 14 hours and Sukkur 6 to 8 hours. They said that the recovery of the bills in Faisalabad is 99.8 per cent, Gujranwala 98.8 per cent, Lahore 98.1 per cent while in Hyderabad it is 59.1 per cent, Karachi 85.6 per cent, Peshawar 78.4 per cent, Quetta 41 per cent. They said that the line losses in Peshawar are 35 per cent, in Hyderabad 34 per cent, Quetta 18 per cent, Lahore 13 per cent, Gujranwala 12 per cent, Faisalabad 11 per cent and Islamabad 10 per cent.

They said that Punjab contributes nearly two thirds to the GDP of Pakistan. Punjab pays for 80 per cent of electricity bills and gets only 60 per cent of electricity units. Yet Punjab is being made the worst victim of injustice.