Continuous gas supply to industry demanded

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Salim Ahmed

Lahore—Chairman WEBCOP Malik Tahir Javed has urged the government to ensure continuous gas supply to the industry as it is not the industry only that would be suffering massively due to unavailability of gas but the government would also be an ultimate loser on many counts.”
Malik Tahir Javed said that there is a global phenomenon that industry is given top priority whereas in Pakistan it comes to the least and other sectors are given priority. He said around 40 per cent of the industrial units in Punjab run on gas and gas suspension means no production by almost half of the industry and a loss of millions of rupees to the exchequer.
Malik Tahir Javed said that how the industry would be able to manage export orders worth millions of dollars when there is no gas? What about the thousands of daily wagers who have only one source of income? And above all, they added, how the government would convince both the local and foreign investors for investment when it is unable to manage the supply of gas to existing industrial units. He said that it seemed that some elements in the Gas department were hatching conspiracies against the government to defame it.
He said that the businessmen were unable to understand that why the business community was not taken into confidence over industry-related issues and if the SNGPL was facing some supply related issues they must bring them to the notice of real stakeholders well ahead of time. Chairman WEBCOP urged the government to ensure continuous gas supply to the industry.