Due to gas shortage in Gazipur, the production in the factories has fallen by half. Timely delivery of orders has also become uncertain. Apart from this, the cost of keeping the machine running has increased. Businessmen are affected by this. The factory authorities say that if this continues, it will be difficult to pay the workers.
There is severe shortage of gas in several areas including Konabari, Joydevpur, Kaliakair of Gazipur. Due to low pressure of gas in the line for some time, the production in industrial factories is being disrupted.
Normal production requires a gas pressure of 15 pound-force per square inch (psi). At present, it has dropped to two or three in many factories. Again in some factories it has come down to zero.
In addition to financial losses due to the gas crisis, production of goods has halved. The operation runs on a diesel powered generator for most of the day. Many times factory units also have to be shut down.
Factory workers say that it used to take 12 hours to produce cloth, now it takes 15 to 16 hours. A day’s production, which used to be 26 tonnes, now stands at 11.5 to 12 tonnes.
The factory authorities say that the production is not being done as per the target due to gas shortage. Workers are also struggling to pay their salaries.
Monowar Hossain, DGM of MM Knitwear Limited, said, after sewing the cloth, we are not able to do the finishing work well. All the costs are going up, but the lead time of sewing the clothes is increasing. Production has fallen by almost half.
Sadma Group Director Sohel Rana urged the government to ensure uninterrupted gas supply to retain the export market.
There are more than five thousand factories in Gazipur. Most of which are gas dependent. And 22 million workers are working in this sector.