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12-Hours industrial unannounced loadshedding destroying the industry and economy of Karachi: Asad Nisar
Karachi, May 30, 2017 (PPI-OT):S.I.T.E. Association of Industry has expressed serious concerns and reacted strongly on the un announced 12 hours of load shedding by K-E, yesterday from 12:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Previously K-E started unannounced load shedding from 7:00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m. and 12:00 midnight to 7:00 a.m.
Unannounced frequent change of load shedding schedule further affects production causing production and financial losses.12 hours a day load shedding makes impossible to survive in these economic conditions with increasing costs and shortage of supply of diesel/gas for self-generation of power the financial burdens and problems further intensify. If un-announce load shedding continue there is no other alternative except to shutdown the factories during the holy month of Ramzan.
Mr. Asad Nisar said that SSGCL has provided 165 MMCFD (1050 BTU) which is very good quantity of gas with normal pressure to K-Electric. During hot summer season K-E must use Furnace Oil and Diesel for additional generation to reduce the un- announced load shedding. He said “Industries located in SITE industrial area have been badly effected as most of the small industries who are vendors for the large exporters became idle due to non-availability of electric power”. It’s a universal fact that industrial consumers of electricity, have been making regular payments of energy bills to K-E.
He further said the load shedding creates unemployment in the city and will affect to law and order situation which is already in worst condition, the industry in Karachi is already suffering from a variety of problems in keeping the production wheel rolling and in addition to it protracted load shedding and frequent breakdown in industrial estates, mainly due to efficiency and mismanagement of K-E have further aggravated the situation and rendered the industrial units at the verge of collapse, he added. He also proposed that the commercial sale of electricity by the Captive Power Plant may be allowed to save industries from fatal collapse.
Mr. Nisar strongly urged the Honourable Prime Minister, Governor of Sindh, Chief Minister of Sindh and the Federal Minister for Water and Power to take serious note of this illegitimate action of K-E and instruct K-E to immediately resume the normal power supply to the industries in Karachi to avoid total ruin and disaster to the Industries, in fact this un-announced load shedding will also be a big blow to the valuable exports which consequently will largely effect the national economy.
For more information, contact:
S.I.T.E. Association of Industry
H-16, Textile Avenue, SITE, Karachi
Tel: +92-21-32562883, +92-21-32560705
Karachi, May 23, 2017 (PPI-OT):A meeting was held by the Charge D’Affaire for Pakistan Mr Shaikh Mazhar Shami, Director General TDAP Syed Rafeo Bashir Shah and REAP Chairman Mr. Mahmoud Baqi Moulvi with Mr. Walid Mosavi, Under Secretary Ministry of Trade Iraq.
The meeting was held in order to discuss the issue of Average Grain Length (AGL) for Rice being procured by the Iraqi Government, being set at a higher AGL than the size of the Rice grain from Pakistan. This was seen by the Pakistani exporters of Rice, as a hinderance to the exports from Pakistan as due to this conditionality, exports of Rice from Pakistan to the Iraqi Public sector procurement agencies had almost become minimal.
After detailed discussions, the Iraqi Under Secretary of Trade very kindly agreed to the point of view of the Government of Pakistan and REAP and stated that the issue of the AGL would be resolved and the AGL for Pakistani Rice would be acceptable as there was no major difference between the Grain Board of Iraq’s stipulated 6.6mm AGL for Rice and the Pakistani basmati Rice AGL of 6.2-6.3mm. He also stated that all tenders which are available on the website of the Ministry of Trade Itraq, would be especially sent to the Pakistani Embassy at Baghdad for onwards circulation to the Pakistani Rice Exporters.
For more information, contact:
Information and Communication Division
Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP)
3rd Floor, Block A, Finance and Trade Centre,
P. O. Box No. 1293, Shahrah-e-Faisal,
Karachi 75200, Pakistan
Tel: +92-21-99206487-90, +92-21-99201526
Fax: +92-21-99206461, +92-21-99201526
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