Lahore -

Chairman All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) Ahsan Bashir has expressed concern over energy crisis prevailing since last one week, which is likely to linger on until the new government is in place. The mills are being exposed to 16 to 18 hours per day load shedding of electricity despite the fact that there was a complete exemption last year at this time from electricity load shedding to the textile industry on independent feeders. He said the non-availability of gas and electricity is causing adverse impact on industry’s sustainability and growth, contributing 9 percent to the country’s GDP. This contribution may add further 3 percent in case textile exports are taken to $22 billion from existing level of $12 billion. However, the energy shortage, which is primarily haunting the growth of Punjab-based textile industry, is ultimately ruining the growth potential, as 70 percent. Of the Industry is located in Punjab.

As a matter of fact, the whole supply chain right from spinning to weaving to processing and garmenting is badly disrupted. This situation is adversely hampering the processing of export orders across the board and there is an urgent need of supplying uninterrupted electricity and gas to the textile industry to keep mill operations running. The textile industry can be the engine of growth for economy as well as a biggest employment provider in the country in case the government assures priority to the textile industry in energy supply.

The 16 to 18 hours electricity shut downs on independent feeders has put the industry management in a fix whether to continue with operational cost or not, as the labour is not yet laid off and the faults appearing in electronic machinery is being affected amidst unbearable losses. Any further continuity of the situation may add fuel to fire and the mills would not be able to sustain their viability. It is imperative that the textile industry across the value chain from spinning, weaving, processing and garmenting be provided uninterrupted energy supply enabling it for timely process of export orders.