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600 industrial units shut in Faisalabad.

More than 600 industrial units, most of them in textile sector, were closed here under SNGPL new gas load shedding schedule, which will affect 400,000 workers.

Industrialists and exporters said the textile industry was already suffering due massive gas load shedding during the last three months, terming the gas suspension a well planned conspiracy against industries in the Punjab.

The industrial activities were frozen because of mismanagement and unfriendly course of action of the government while the worst gas shortage threw more fuel to the fire. During January, they pointed out that SNGPL had provided gas to the industrial units with low pressure for only seven days, resultantly industries of Faisalabad were closed for 24 days in January. During December 2010, gas load shedding continued for 22 days for industrial sector.

Textile export worth millions of dollars from upcountry have been hit by gas load shedding coupled with electricity absence, rendering daily wagers jobless. They demanded decision of 4-6 days gas load shedding should be taken back immediately and gas should be supplied to the industries in Punjab for at least 5 days.

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Publication:Pakistan Textile Journal
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:9PAKI
Date:Feb 28, 2011
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