RAWALPINDI

The Executive Committee of Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) has expressed deep concerns over unavailability of gas and zero pressure in the city with the arrival of winter season.

President RCCI Syed Asad Mashadi, while chairing the Executive Committee meeting here on Monday, said that after postponement of Pak-Iran gas pipeline project due to international sanctions on Iran government should speed up work on Turkmenistan Afghanistan Pakistan and India (TAPI) gas pipeline project to fulfill the local requirements as country has no option left to run the industry.

He said that with the recent visit of Afghan President Ashraf Ghanni a positive change at every level can be seen and ice of cold relations is melting. Pakistan was facing worst energy crunch of the history if solid measure could not be taken it would destroy the national industry. Senior Vice President Main Humayun Pervaz and Vice President Saboor Malik were also present on the occasion.

Asad Mashadi while commenting on Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project said that business community understands the constraints of government and willing to support for the betterment of national economy. But it was the responsibility of the government to early adopt the option left for the country, he said. Mashadi said that despite all problems and challenges business community sees the light at the end of the tunnel and hopeful that government will resolve the issue soon.

While explaining about the details of TAPI President RCCI said that initially 27 billion cubic meter gas would be provided through TAPI in which Afghanistan would get the share of 2 billion cubic meter while Pakistan and India would get 12.5 billion cubic meter each and this project is likely to be completed in 2017. He said that we can only compete in international trade markets if uninterrupted electricity and gas is provided to industry on cheaper rates.