Textile and garment factories in Kanchpur, Maona, Narayanganj, Narsingdi and Gazipur have been witnessing massive production damages every day because of an acute gas supply crisis since 13th March.
Around 500 textiles, spinning, dyeing, finishing and weaving mills have been impacted in the industrial belts of Narayanganj, Narsingdi, Madhabdi, Maona, Bhabanipur and Kanchpur.
Besides, steel mills and glassware factories production are also disrupted because of the intense gas crisis.
In addition, textile and spinning mills need a lot of gas pressure to produce quality products.
Factory owners of Gazipur and Maona said they have been losing production and incurring financial losses for over six months.
Industry owners assumed that they might face the cancellation of work orders from international retailers and brands or expensive air shipment because of the sudden disruption in the gas supply.
“When there is full pressure of gas, I can produce two lakh yards of fabrics every day. Now I can produce only 20 per cent of that by using alternative energy, which is very expensive for me,” said an industrialist.
The factory owners are under severe pressure to deliver goods in line with the promised deadline as the production of the factories has dropped.
Monsoor Ahmed, secretary of the Bangladesh Textile Mills Association, said production in at least 40 big textile mills had been affected in the largest industrial belt since 13th March.
Ahmed said most of the mills were busy producing goods for international buyers as well as the spending season ahead of the upcoming Eid–ul-Fitr.
“If they can’t produce goods on time, hundreds of factories will be in trouble, and they will miss the sales during Pahela Baishakh and Eid-ul-Fitr,” he added.
According to Ahmed, there was a leak in the gas network at the Haripur point in Kanchpur area of Narayanganj on 13th March.
Although state-run Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Ltd (TGTDCL) has assured of fixing the problem, the leak is yet to be repaired, Ahmed said.
At the same time, gas has been diverted to power plants from the point without supplying it to the industrial units, he said.
On the other hand, Ali Iqbal Mohammad Nurullah, managing director of TGTDCL claimed “We have already fixed the gas supply problem in Haripur. I hope the problem will be solved soon. I hope for the best.”
Mohammad Ali Khokon, president of the BTMA, the platform for primary textile millers said “This is gross negligence of the Titas.”
“This state-owned company has not been addressing concerns despite repeated assurances over smooth supply of gas to the production units in those industrial belts,” he added.
“Even today (Wednesday) the BTMA sent a letter to the Titas demanding fixing the gas problem as soon as possible. But action is yet to be taken by the Titas,” he further added.
Every day over the last few months the members of the BTMA have been posting complaints with the association as they are facing losses due to the gas cri