FAISALABAD - All Pakistan Textile Processing Mills Association (APTPMA) has strongly opposed the recent gas price hike of 17.5pc for captive power plants by the Govt which is against growth and development of textile processing industry already facing energy crisis since last many years. These grave apprehensions were expressed by Central Chairman, All Pakistan Textile Processing Mills Association (APTPMA), through a press release issued by the APTPMA Headquarters, Faisalabad.
Giving detail of his contention, Chairman APTPMA said that textile processing industry is generating electricity from gas generators to cope the energy crisis faced by the textile processing industry since last many years and trying to run their factory during severe electricity load-shedding of about 10-12 hours daily. But, recent price hike of Rs.85/- per MMBTU on captive power plants shows that Govt is preparing to crake-down on those industry who do not have gas connections for generating electricity.
As now gas tariff is being changed, we demand from the govt to regularise gas connections of all our textile processing units who are generating electricity from gas and their gas meters be separated.
APTPMA Chief said that if gas connections for captive power plants/ generators do not regularise forthwith, the productivity of textile processing industry will be affected badly and we would not be able to fulfil exports orders, resultantly owners of textile processing industry will constrained to close their factories.
In view of above Chairman APTPMA has demanded of the PM Mian Muhmmad Nawaz Sharif and Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Federal Minister for Petroleum & Natural Resources to regularise gas connections for captive power plants/generators of all textile processing units forthwith to save the value-added, export-oriented and labor-intensive textile processing industry from complete collapse and thousands upon thousands of wage earners out of jobs and to save the fragile economy of the country.