A good number of textile mills, including spinning and weaving ones, located in Narayanganj, Narsingdhi and Madhabdi areas have to stop production due to the suspension of gas supply.
The large spinning, weaving and fabric-processing mills, including dying and printing ones, that operate on gas-based captive power remained closed for last few days due to the gas supply problem," Bangladesh Textile Mills Association (BTMA) said in a statement issued here on Tuesday.
It expressed the fear that the mills would have to suffer substantial losses ahead of the Eid-ul-Fitr.
The BTMA also expressed concern over the timely payment of wages and festival allowances to the workers if the situation further prolongs. "The law and order situation might also deteriorate," it warned.
The statement held responsible a conflict between the Titas gas and Petrobangla for the suspension of gas supply to the areas.
Talking to the FE, BTMA secretary Mansoor Ahmed said there are around 400 factories, including 40 BTMA members, in the affected areas of Araihazar in Narayanganj, Madhabdi and Narsingdi.
Meanwhile, BSS reports State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid Tuesday directed the Titas authorities to ensure smooth gas supply in Narayanganj and Munshiganj.
"The gas supply would be normal following the completion of valve replacement work in a short time," he said and expressed sorrow to consumers for their temporary inconvenience for gas supply disruption.
According to a statement issued by the ministry, some valve leakages were found at Siddirganj-Godnail RMS and Godnail TBS at around 10 am today.
Gas supply to Narayanganj and Munshiganj areas was temporarily cut off due to emergency valve replacement, it said.
The statement said the gas supply will be normal as soon as the valve replacement work is completed.