Electricity/Energy crises, Pakistan, Faisalabad, textile industry
Pakistan is an agriculture country and its main source of income is agriculture. Main cities like Karachi Lahore, Peshawar and Faisalabad etc. are industrial cities of Pakistan. Faisalabad is very famous for its textile industry and provides 25billion$ annual export earnings (Shah.S, 2013) and this is a great support in the growth of the economy of Pakistan. The electricity breakdown or shortfall is badly affecting every corner of Pakistan. Big cities are facing 8 to 12 hours and villages/small towns are facing almost 14 to 18 hour's electricity load shading (Geo, 2013). Furthermore Pakistan is also facing a great shortage of natural gas which also causesshut down of gas from two to three days in different cities and villages.
Faisalabad city is not only facing 12 to 14 hours electricity breakdown but also facing gas shut down for three days per week. And all that affecting the textile industry of the city which needs continuous power supply for its production. The present shortfall of electricity not only badly effects on almost every business but widely on the industries of the country. Pakistan's major and minor industries alike have taken a straight affect as a consequence of energy shortages (Nation, 2013)
[...] And this is a clear prove that the management related to the textile industry is facing this problem and considering it as a big obstacle in the success of their business. Objective Impact of electricity shortfall on business's management performance and their business 28 These factory owners are obliged to use substitute energy means like gas or generators (patrol/diesel/gas) to continue their production but it is also important that 100% of the respondents stated that it is an expensive and inconvenient source of energy. [...]
[...] How many hours do you face load shading 1st interviewee: Almost 10 to 12 a day and every day? 3 continuous days for gas shutdown. It is very bad and injustice by the government. 2nd interviewee: It is 10 to 12 hours means 3 hours load shading every after 3 hours and sometimes more than this. How does it impact on you? 1st interviewee: very badly. I am always 36 definitely it impact on us i am always surrounded by the fear of failure in my commitments to my parties. [...]
[...] Remaining 3 also present their agreement in the favor of the idea. Furthermore the idea was also supported by the interviewees that substitute means of energy are not convenient. As the first interviewee said that use two different substitutes, i mean diesel or patrol generator for electricity and for gas we use gas cylinders but it more expensive than diesel and patrol. And also we have to send extra 18 money on the maintenance of generator. These are very expensive and inconvenient but we don't have any other choice.” In addition 2nd interviewee gave his consent for the idea by saying “generator which need diesel and patrol but we can't afford gas cylinders they are very expensive. [...]
[...] Is there any effect of power breakdown on the overall performance of your business? Yes NO Not Sure If yes, Please indicate below listed affects on your performance because of power break down. It makes you angry Depressed Helpless Disappointed Feel fear of failure Stressed Sometimes____ Sometimes____ Sometimes____ Sometimes____ Sometimes____ Sometimes____ Never Never Never Never Never Never 14. How does affect your business performance? Rarely Failure in targets Delays in work Financial loss Slows down your working capability Affects your professional attitude Affects your business growth Never Sometimes Often 15. [...]
[...] Shortfall of electricity makes it difficult to complete the tasks in the given shift? Never Almost Never Sometimes Fairly Often Very Often 9. Gas shutdown for three days in the city makes it difficult to use it as substitute energy mean for production? Yes No Not Sure 10. Did you ever fail to complete your production target before deadline because of electric shortfall? Never Very Often Almost Never Sometimes Fairly Often 11. Do you think that business in Faisalabad is more difficult than in other cities of Pakistan? [...]
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