Industrialists end sit-in after successful talks with SSGC officials

KARACHI: The protesting industrialists on Monday ended their sit-in outside the Sui Southern Gas Company’s head office after successful talks with the SSGC officials.

Industrialists and labourers of the metropolitan city gathered outside the SSGC head office to record their protest against non-availability of gas to their units.

“The supply of 50mmcfd from KEPCO power plant is being restored while other terms and conditions will be decided within a month,” the SSGC managing director assured the protestors.

Earlier in the day, the first round of talks between the SSGC officials and the industrialists had ended fruitless.

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In his media interaction, Karachi Industrialists Forum President Javed Bulwani said SSGC was only giving assurances but the protestors’ problems remained unresolved.

The industrialists said they don’t have any other issue other than supply of gas, adding that uninterrupted supply of gas was necessary to boost the country’s exports.

On Friday, Power Minister Omar Ayub Khan had passed the blame of prevailing gas shortfall in the country onto the previous governments, saying that the former government didn’t focus on gas exploration.

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  1. This is like the long lines for essential goods in soviet countries. There’s an efficient mechanism for allocating resources called the price mechanism. If only the govt. would deregulate prices.

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