KCCI, Industrial Town Associations to announce protests if relief not provided immediately.

KARACHI -- The Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) and Industrial Town Associations, while expressing deep concerns over suspension of gas supply to the industries in Karachi, stated that all the industries were almost closed and the pressure was zero, resulting in bringing the production activities to a complete standstill which would give a serious blow to the exports by terribly affecting the performance of export-oriented as well as general industries, besides triggering massive unemployment and creating chaos. In a joint statement, KCCI along with Site Association (SAI), Korangi Association (KATI), F.B Area Association (FBATI), North Karachi Association (NKATI), Site Superhighway Association (SSAI) and Bin Qasim Association (BQATI) appealed Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Energy Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to take notice of the situation and look into the possibility of supplying RLNG to SSGC for domestic usage as being done in case of SNGPL so that the gas crisis being suffered by the industries in Karachi could be averted.

They stated that the business and industrial community totally rejects gas supply curtailment announced by the SSGC and the Karachi Chamber along with Industrial Town Associations will shortly announce the future plan of action if relief was not provided immediately which may even lead to triggering across the board protests.

Referring to SSGC's statement in response to a joint press release issued on November 11, 2022 by KCCI and all seven industrial town associations, they said that a meeting was held between SSGC and federally constituted committee comprising representatives of industries from Karachi who gave numerous suggestions, of which one of the suggestion was to either close down gas supply to industries for two day a week or carry out gas load shedding for eight hours a day so that SSGC could...

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