The provincial chapter of the All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (Aptma) has threatened to close all textile mills over the energy issue.
Speaking at a news conference yesterday, Aptma Punjab Chairman S.M. Tanveer said, “All members will be invited to the general body meeting of the association within a month or so to make a formal decision.”
As summer nears, the duration of electricity load-shedding has been increased from six to 10 hours while gas supply remained at six hours a day. “This is making the Punjab-based textile units unviable with every passing day,” he said.
“The federal textile minister had restrained us from taking any extreme step until the announcement of budget. We’re waiting for his response,” said Mr Tanveer, appealing to the prime minister and Punjab’s chief minister to ensure uninterrupted energy supply.