KARACHI (PR): It seems that the Government is out to destroy our exports. Karachi is the economic hub of Pakistan and the contribution of exports of Karachi Industries is 50% of total exports while it is being starved to death due to improper and inadequate gas supply, stated M. Jawed Bilwani, Central Chairman, Pakistan Hosiery Manufacturers & Exporters Association.
He said that the Gas Pressure since last one year is miserable. Every Sunday Gas is not supplied to the Karachi Industries and apart from this every week, for three working days gas pressure is 1 to 1½ psi for continuous 6 to 8 hours instead of the required 8 psi as a result of which the industries cannot run continuously with 1 to 1 ½ psi gas pressure causing breakdown of production which is reduced by 25% to 30% resulting in immense losses specially to the Value Added Export Manufacturing Sector whose entire production schedule is greatly disturbed while the worst sufferers are the daily wage workers who remain idle and go back home. Most important of all exporters are compelled to make air shipments which costs huge amount of money.
As a result of this miserable situation 25 to 30 hosiery dyeing units have closed down within 8 to 10 months as well as 30 to 40 stitching units have been compelled to close down.
It is indeed an irony that exports of Pakistan are being destroyed while none in the Sindh Government is bothered nor care for such state of affairs despite the fact that Karachi is an important export goods producing centre and the province of Sindh produces 70% of gas. Gas production in Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa is 10% but there is neither any load shedding of gas nor low gas pressure. It looks like the Government is pushing this important foreign exchange earning sector to the wall by starving them of gas while gas is being abundantly supplied to those who take foreign exchange out of the country.
It is imperative that SSGC supplies sufficient Gas to the industries in Karachi so that their production of export goods is not hampered and they are saved from ruin and disaster.