PPI Original Text (PPI-OT) – Pakistan Industrial and Traders Association Front has urged the government to exempt industrial estate from electricity load shedding

Lahore, May 09, 2012 (PPI-OT): Pakistan Industrial and Traders Association Front (PIAF) has urged the government to exempt industrial estate from electricity load shedding as daily 5 to six hours continuous power cuts have curtailed productions to the maximum.

In a press statement, Chairman Lahore Township Industrial Association Iftikhar Bashir, former Chairman Malik Tahir Javed, Iqbal Baig Chughtai, former Chairman of Quaid-e-Azam Industrial Board Mian Nauman Kabir, former Chairman of PAPAM Malik Mohammad Aslam, former Chairman of PMA and LCCI former EC member Amjad Ali Jawa and Baber Mahmood said that load shedding in the industrial estate is causing irreparable loss to the economy besides increasing poverty and number of unemployed people in the country.

They said that government silence over power crisis is putting a question mark on its ability to run the country.

They said that due to wrong government policies and mismanaged affairs, the industry had almost collapsed and industrialists were left with no other option but to close down their operations. They said had right steps been taken well in time to enhance the power generation, the situation would have been far better.

They said that Lahore Township Industrial Estate was the largest industrial area of the Punjab where more than 350 industrial units including textile, engineering, autoparts, plastic, ghee, ice cream; dying, pharmaceutical, steel beverage, hosiery and food etc. were operational. They said that these units were providing employment to near 40,000 people while paying billion rupees to the national exchequer but they have almost no electricity to run their operations.

They said that present regime has not completed a single power project in their tenure and just passing the time.

They demanded of the President and Prime Minister to give a serious thought to the energy crisis and enhance power generation on war footing before situation go out of control.

For more information, Contact:
Pakistan Industrial and Traders Associations Front
110/s Kot Lakhpat Industrial Estate
Lahore, Pakistan
Phone: (92) 42 5123522
Fax: (92) 42 5123522
Email: Info@piaf.pk

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