Resumption of gas supply to industry demanded

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Staff Reporter
Karachi

Mian Nasser Hyatt Maggo, President FPCCI, has demanded immediate resumption of gas supply to Karachi’s industry on behalf of the entire business, industrial, and trade community; he was speaking on the occasion of Mr. Tabish Gauhar Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Power and Petroleum visit to FPCCI.

Mian Nasser Hyatt Maggo said that the entire industry is united under the umbrella of FPCCI and the industry has suffered unbearable losses due to the closure of gas supply to all industrial areas of Karachi.

He further said that the government must realize that the exports of the country will also be badly hit as a result.

It is pertinent to note that KCCI and all town associations of Karachi were represented by their top leadership in the meeting with Mr. Tabish Gauhar at FPCCI Head Office and, they have put forward a unanimous charter of demands pertaining to gas crisis in the country.

Mr. Zubair Motiwala Chairman, Businessmen Group expressed his shock that we are paying up to 40% more than international competitors; and, yet we are not getting enough gas supply.

He further said that current scenario of gas shortage in Karachi warrants that government should initiate an investigation. Mr. Motiwala also requested for a foolproof plan of gas supply for coming winter.

He emphasized that the government should look at exports and tax collection numbers of Karachi; and, give due preference to Karachi accordingly.

He said that Karachi is only getting 380 MMcF gas and it is approximately only 18% of the total gas supply.

Mr. Shariq Vohra President KCCI said that we are discussing our problems with SAPM because we are having high hopes that he will apprise the Honourable Prime Minister of Pakistan on the situation and, the businesses can get their voice heard.

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