With multiple sectors industrial sectors and domestic user in Punjab suffering from a limited supply of gas, the Ministry of Petroleum has assured that the delivery of gas will improve shortly. Dr. Asim Hussian, Minister of petroleum,
made a commitment on Friday to reinforce the prior schedule of gas suspension of just two days a week from the coming Monday.
With on-street protests being observed throughout the province in the last month, the government is seeking out a more effective distribution plan of natural gas to both industrial and domestic consumers. The Ministered also promised
that industries in Punjab will get much better quantity of gas then they have been receiving in the recent past.
A convoy of businessmen, headed by the former chairman of the All Pakistan Textiles Mills Association (APTMA), Gohar Ejaz, met Dr. Asim Hussian on Friday at the office of Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited and then at the Governor
House of Punjab. The Minister revealed that he has been having these rounds of dialogues with these representatives of industries on the direction of President of Pakistan, Asif Ali Zardari, who is very concerned with the drastic situations being faced by
the industries in the country due to lack of sufficient supply of gas.
The textile sector is the one most concerned with the limited supply of gas and a number of units across the Punjab have already been closed down due to lack of natural gas. Fertilizers producers are the other most affected persons
by this gas shortage crisis. The increasing cold in the region with the start of winter has made the situation even worse for the authorities to ensure sufficient supply of gas to its users.
The Minister further told that President Zardari has also issued orders to the Governor of Punjab, Latif Khosa, to arrange rounds of meetings between the Ministry of Petroleum and APTMA leadership after thousands of textile industry
workers held a protest against gas cuts to their mills on Wednesday.