Karachi’s export industries seek gas supply as a priority

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  • Karachi’s export industries call on government to prioritize gas supply.
  • Muhammad Zubair Motiwala says: “The export sector is a priority all over the world.
  • “How to give absolute priority to the national sector when it is subsidized by the industrial sector? They ask.

KARACHI: Expressing concerns about the new natural gas load management policy, Karachi’s export industries called on the government to prioritize gas supply for them, The news reported.

In a joint statement with other industry officials, the chairman of the group of businessmen Muhammad Zubair Motiwala said: position in the policy of managing the load of natural gas.

He said, “However, zero-rate export industries should be given priority and general industries second, followed by commercial, domestic and other sectors to increase production and achieve the government’s goal of improving exports. “

The statement came after a meeting of industrialists / exporters to discuss gas issues during the winter months. He was flanked by Muhammad Jawed Bilwani, vice chairman of the businessmen group and former senior vice chairman of KCCI, Muhammad Idrees, chairman of the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Abdul Rasheed, chairman of the SITE Industry Association, and Saleem Parekh, former President of the SITE Industry Association. .

“How to give priority to the national sector when it is subsidized by the industrial sector? »Meeting participants interviewed. They said it was very unfair that the government gave first priority to the domestic sector in terms of gas supply at a subsidized tariff through cross-subsidies by charging industrial consumers a higher tariff.

They said industries, ranked below in the government’s gas supply priority list, remain starved of gas, the most essential raw material throughout the year, especially during the winter season. .

“Shouldn’t the government of the day, whose main slogan is change, prioritize its decisions of national interest rather than political interest? The industries, given their central and pragmatic role in the socio-economic development of Pakistan, deserve the first priority in this regard, they added.

“It is ironic and very unfortunate that industries that cross-subsidize gas to the domestic sector are not given priority when it comes to gas supply while domestic consumers have been given first priority over the cost of gas. industries. “

They proposed that domestic connections already provided in urban and rural areas be phased out and converted to other sources such as LPG in urban areas and biogas in rural areas.

“Right now, the industry is suffering from the worst crisis in history. Over time, slowly and gradually, the gas consumption of domestic consumers has become almost equal to the consumption of industrial consumers.

According to the businessmen, the two gas utilities are expanding their transport network by thousands of kilometers to provide gas to remote areas, while the export sector struggled for survival in the face of fierce competition in the market. global against neighboring and regional competitor countries.

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