Pakistan - Punjab textile industry conditionally exempt from load-shedding
Dated- 24 Apr , 2012 - Pakistan
Textile industry has been exempted from load shedding, both prime and non-prime users, with a condition that textile mills would reduce load by 25 per cent during peak hours.
A notification issued last week directed all the distribution companies (Discos) to exempt textile industry from load shedding in their respective domains while following further instructions of ensuring 25 per cent load reduction during peak hours.
It may be noted that the relevant authority had earlier authorised the respective Discos to reduce load by 25 per cent that had irked the industry at large.
As a result, the concerned authority issued fresh instructions, leaving the duty on load reduction on industry at large.
Meanwhile, the industry sources said power supply was stable in all Discos barring the Faisalabad Electric Supply Company (Fesco) where the industry was facing problem for two to three hours a day.
They said the Pepco has failed to ensure uninterrupted power supply to industry located in Fesco region despite repeated calls.
It is worth noting that Faisalabad is hub of textile industry activities and the textile workers have organised very impressive strikes and protests in past.
Besides electricity, gas supply to the Captive Power Plants (CPPs) of textile industry was yet restricted to four days a week against earlier commitment of five days a week gas supply by the Federal Petroleum Minister.
The industry is of the view that a disruption in gas supply was hampering textile industry growth heavily, as textile exports have come down by one billion dollars this March against corresponding period.
There was a decline of 22 per cent in value terms and quantitative decline is ranging in between 20 per cent to 40 per cent in major textile items.