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Industrialists flay Fesco,


SNGPL for overbilling, discrimination in gas loadshedding


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FAISALABAD: Industrialists have criticised the Faisalabad Electric Supply Company (Fesco) for overbilling and the Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) for discrimination in gas loadshedding.


Talking to newsmen after a meeting of 15 industry and trade related associations here on Saturday, Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FCCI) president Mian Zahid Aslam alleged that the Fesco and the SNGPL were hampering the normal running of trade and industry in Faisalabad.


He alleged that the Fesco was frequently sending inflated bills not only to traders and industrialists but also to domestic consumers. He said that wrong billing was creating harassment among consumers and they were forced to spend their lot of time in getting the bills corrected from the Fesco offices.


He said that small entrepreneurs and retailers were also getting extraordinary high electricity bills, which had upset their business. Earlier, in the meeting, traders and industrialists criticised the arbitrary and highly discriminatory gas loadshedding in Faisalabad. They criticised the high rates being charged by the Fesco and the SNGPL from industry, business and trade sectors and the consumers as compared to the other countries. The meeting expressed disappointment on the economic policies of the government and frequent loadshedding of gas and electricity, making it difficult for industrialists to run their factories and mills. The meeting urged the government to take serious cognizance of the problem and take appropriate remedial measures.


FCCI vice-president Ch Muhammad Boota, PHMEA vice-chairman Syed Zia Alamdar, All Pakistan Cotton Powerlooms chairman Rana Akhlaq Ahmad, APTPMA chairman Rizwan Ashraf, PTEA chairman Asghar Ali, former APTMA chairman Naveed Gulzar, Foundry Association chairman Seth Iftikhar Ahmad, Soap Association chairman Muzamil Saleem, Embroidery Association chairman Nadeem Ashfaq Puri and APBUMA chairman Imran Mehmood attended the meeting.