PTA reacts over gas supply curtailment

December 31, 2013 Off By Web Desk

KARACHI: Pakistan Tanners Association (PTA) South Zone has sharply reacted over the curtailing of gas supply to the Korangi Industrial Area, especially in Tannery Zone.

In a statement on Tuesday, Chairman PTA (South Zone) Fawad Jawed and Chairman Standing Committee on Gas and Electricity Usman Umer appealed to the government high-ups and Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) to take immediate notice of the grave situation arising out of curtailment of 30 percent gas supply to the industries.

They said that the 30 percent less supply of gas coupled with frequent outages had threatened the industry’s wheel rolling in wake of SSGC decision to drastically reduce supply of gas to it.

He expressed apprehensions that the local exporting leather Industry would not be able to meet the deadline to supply the ordered goods to its customers abroad and many may face penalty clause for delay apart from losing future business. He pointed out that the drastic reduction in gas supply does not augur well for local Leather Industry. It will render the workers to sit idle, pushing-up cost and situation may force the Industry to lay-off workers.

While emphasizing that the economy’s survival depends upon the industry, he appealed to the government to find out some other way out to resolve the gas shortage issue so that the gas supply must be guaranteed to the export-oriented industry.

He also complained of the low-pressure in gas supply to the industry and requested SSGC to resolve the issue with supply of full pressure gas as gas is indispensable for leather industries.