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No loadshedding for industries in December

Karachi: Sindh Governor Dr Ishrat Ul Ebad Khan said on Saturday that there will be no loadshedding for industrial units in the city except on four Sundays in the month of December.

Addressing a hurriedly called press conference alongwith Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Dr Asim Hussain at Governor House, he said that a big energy crisis was created due to loadshedding in Karachi for both domestic and industrial consumers.

Industrial sector was suffering from this load shedding as their production was literally hampered. This was a genuine problems and we sit together with all the stakeholders and found the solution, he noted.

Dr Ebad said that industrialists were taken on board and they also helped in reaching this solution. Industrial areas were facing load shedding in three spans of 4 hours each, he opined.

He said that Dr Asim came all the way from London to find out solution on emergency basis. For this purpose, top management of SSGC, KESC and PSO were called to this meeting, he added. Governor said that a committee, consisting of representatives of all stakeholders, has been formed to take pre-emptive decision before any big crisis emerges in the city.

Dr Asim Hussain said that President and Prime Minister has asked him to immediately go to Karachi and find out solution to this loadshedding.

He said that SSGC will provide 180 mmcf gas per day to KESC to end load shedding and KESC will be upto date in the payment of arrears to SSGC and PSO by January 2012 .

He said that country is facing a big gas shortage which would increase in the coming months as the country has a limited quantity of gas.

For more information, contact:
Sindh Governor House
Syed Wajahat Ali
Press Secretary to Governor
Tel: 99201217, 99201201-3
Email: press_secretary@governorsindh.gov.pk

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