Tuesday, 21 May 2013

loadshedding to be tackled on war footing Nawaz Sharif

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - Lahore—Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) President Nawaz Sharif Tuesday chaired a meeting of experts in which various immediate, short and medium term measures were discussed to minimize electricity load-shedding, which is hitting hard to all segments of society.

The meeting decided to use all available options to tackle the electricity crisis in minimum possible time. It also expressed resolve to develop alternative renewable energy sources, such as solar, bagasse, biogas and biomass projects, especially for off grid and micro-grid applications.

The meeting discussed investment avenues to increase electricity generation in the country by announcing incentives to the foreign and local investors. The sources claimed that the meeting decided that investors in China, Turkey and other countries would be invited for investment in power sector.

The meeting also evolved a comprehensive planning to provide immediate relief to electricity consumers soon after taking charge by the PML-N government. It also decided to recover outstanding dues from different public and private sector consumers of electricity. The PML-N government would initiate work on Nandipur and Chichoki Malian power plants which were withheld due to non-release of equipment during the PPP-led coalition government, the sources said.

Among others, the meeting was attended by Mian Shahbaz Sharif, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Khawaja Mohammad Asif, Ahsan Iqbal, Sartaj Aziz and Shaukat Tareen.

Federal Minister for Water & Power Dr. Mussadik Malik also met with the President PML-N Nawaz Sharif and briefed him about electricity shortfall situation in the country.

Sources claimed that Dr Malik apprised the PML-N President about inefficiency, corruption and other impediments which are causing electricity crisis in the country.

One of the participants of the meeting called for taking drastic measures to tackle circular debt and system losses to end load shedding in minimum time.

Addressing the meeting, Nawaz said that the issue of load shedding would be addressed on war footing as he put emphasis on bringing Pakistan’s national institutions on par with global standards. “The situation requires issues to be addressed with seriousness,” Nawaz said. He said new heads would be appointed in all sovereign national institutions. He further said that the boards of PIA, WAPDA, Railways, OGDCL and other intuitions’ would be changed.

Moreover, Nawaz Sharif chaired another meeting in which targets for budget 2013-14 were reviewed.

It was decided to provide relief to the masses by extending various incentives. The PML-N is considering extending soft loans to unemployed youth in the budget 2013-14.

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