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Trucks halt coal supply to cement factories

07 December, 2012

LAHORE: The industry is facing shortage of raw material for past four days as trucks owners have stopped picking up coal consignments for factories from Port Qasim, observing strike against the rampant incidents of theft, extortion and frequent challans of Motorway Police.

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LAHORE: The industry is facing shortage of raw material for past four days as trucks owners have stopped picking up coal consignments for factories from Port Qasim, observing strike against the rampant incidents of theft, extortion and frequent challans of Motorway Police.

The truck owners have intimated the cement factories that motorway police has imposed load restriction of 58.5 ton including 28 ton weight of truck itself which will ultimately increase transportation charges per ton of coal manifold.

The supplies of coal and various raw materials are not being transported to any cement producer, hurting productions as well as narrowing supplies of cement to retail market in the coming days.

The cement industry alone consumes around 4.5 million ton of coal as raw material or alternate fuel annually and approximately 14-15000 ton of coal is transported daily from Port Qasim to different factories including Punjab and KPK.

All Pakistan Goods Transports Owners Association has informed factories their limitations of providing raw materials to cement manufacturers due to their protest campaign.

They said that motorway police has imposed an impractical restriction on truck owners that could not be materialised as far as cost and benefit ratio is concerned.

They rejected the move of motorway police as they said it will immensely increase the fares that will translate into the increased cost of production for cement producers.

Truck owners demanded the government to rationalise load limit on truck with respect to cost of fuel and labour, adding the challan of trucks drivers should be stopped immediately.

All Pakistan Cement Manufacturers Association (APCMA) demanded the government to resolve the issues of goods carrier at the earliest hence the supplies are regularised to continue the production of cements in factories uninterrupted.

The spokesman said if government ignores the issue, the situation will badly hit the whole cement sector, which is already facing multiple issues of higher cost of operation.

The interruption in production will disturb cycle of cement supplies in the country, resulting whole construction industry will suffer a shortage of cement.

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