LAHORE - Small industrial units located in Kotlakhpat Industrial Estate, Qauid-e-Azam Industrial Estate, Kattar Band Industrial Estate, Sundar Industrial Estate and Industrial Clusters at Multan Road are facing power breakdowns of up to 20 hours.

Manufacturers said that industrial units were on the verge of collapse due to prolonged and unscheduled power cuts but LESCO authorities are playing the role of silent spectator and paying no heed.

They urged the government to ensure equal supply of electricity throughout the country as the province of Punjab is the worst hit by the electricity shortage.

Expressing grave concern over repeated incidence of unscheduled hours-long power outages, they demanded of the LESCO authorities to ensure power supply to the industrial areas as per industrial schedules.

Industrial bodies representatives demanded the government to suspend 650MW electricity supply to other provinces and divert it to Punjab to overcome power crisis. He said the government decision to give electricity to Punjab would help revive economic activities in the province as due to an acute shortage of electricity it was the trade and industry that suffered badly.

They said that cheaper and uninterrupted power supply is the only way to achieve economic targets set for the year 2013. The crisis in industrial sector was not only causing flight of capital and relocation of industrial units to countries like Bangladesh and Malaysia but had also reduced government revenues drastically, they said.

Industrial bodies representatives were of the view that the industrial area is being treated as domestic consumer and power outages after every one hour had badly curtailed productions.

Meanwhile, addressing a meeting of managing committee of Pakistan Association of Automotive Parts & Accessories Manufacturers, Chairman Munir Bana and Vice Chairman Usman Malik said that due to long power cuts the investment scenario had spoiled in the province and so much so that all industrial units had curtailed their productions. They said acute electricity and gas shortage had not only crippled the trade and industry but also brought widespread unemployment and poverty. They said consumers of efficient distribution companies with lowest line losses and the highest recovery ratio were being treated unfairly. They said that Punjab contributed nearly two thirds to the GDP of Pakistan, adding Punjab paid for 80 per cent of electricity bills and got only 60 percent of electricity units, yet Punjab was being made the worst victim of injustice.