A gas shortage is causing disruptions in various industries, particularly dyeing factories in Narayanganj and its neighboring areas. Over the last 8 to 10 days, approximately 450 dyeing factories in Narayanganj have been unable to operate due to low gas pressure. Factory owners are urging authorities to consider intermittent gas supply, suggesting that gas service should be maintained without interruption on most days, even if it means temporarily suspending it for one or two days a week. Failing to do so could jeopardize the export activities of the knitwear industry.
Expressing the gravity of the situation, Mohammad Hatim, the Executive President of BKMEA, an association representing knitwear exporters, informed the media that production has come to a complete standstill due to the severe gas crisis. Gas availability has become unpredictable, impacting both day and night operations. To sustain exports, they are forced to import fabrics from overseas, leading to an increase in the demand for dollars, a decrease in reserves, and higher import costs.
On the other hand, Titas Gas Managing Director, Mr. Harunur Rashid Mollah, has assured that this gas crisis is only temporary. He explained that the gas demand in Narayanganj and the surrounding pipeline areas stands at 850 million cubic feet, while the current supply is 600 million cubic feet, resulting in a deficit of 250 million cubic feet. However, he expressed confidence that the crisis will be resolved in the near future.