As many as 3,500 surgical units here have been lying closed due to up to 20 hours gas outages daily thereby suspending the industrial production completely for the last three weeks, and causing millions of rupees loss to them each day, regretted a body of the entrepreneurs.

Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry Senior Vice President Mir Alamgir said that the situation had crippled the surgical industry which has come on the verge of collapse and the situation had become unbearable for the instruments manufactures, vendors and exporters.

He said that the Sialkot exporters had given a deadline till January 10, 2015 to the government for ending the gas loadshedding and ensuring the uninterrupted supply of gas to surgical industry. After that, he said, they would take to the streets.

He added that the manufacturers and exporters were much perturbed   and considering to lock up their units and come on the roads to lodge strong protest against the gas cut. He said that despite the repeated appeals made by the Sialkot exporters, the SNGPL had not yet given any relief to them, as the energy crisis aggravating day by day and the industrial wheel has completely jammed.

On the occasion, SCCI’s Departmental Committee on Gas Chairman Rana Nadeem Akhtar said that the government had adopted step-motherly attitude against the industries. He said that the industrial production had been totally suspended due to gas outages. He expressed grave concern over the “worst” situation. He demanded early exemption of the surgical industry from gas and power outages following its global industrial and economic significance to save it from collapse.

He said that the units in and around the Sialkot city had already been closed by the owners due to the non-availability of the gas or the other resources of alternative energy. He said that hundreds of thousands of workers had already been jobless due to the the critical situation.

FOUR HELD: Police have arrested four shopkeepers Ameen, Imran, Shabir and Yaseen for illegally refilling LPG cylinders at their shops in various parts of the Sialkot city. Police have sent the accused behind bars.