Islamabad, July 08, 2013 (PPI-OT): As instructed by Prime Minister Mian Mohammad Nawaz Sharif, a meeting of the Energy Committee was convened under the chairmanship of Finance Minister Senator Ishaq Dar at the Finance Minister’s Office today, to review the arrangements made to implement his directions to ensure that no load-management is under taken during the month of Ramazan during Sehar, Iftar and Taraweeh.
The meeting was informed that uninterrupted supply of electricity would be ensured throughout the country during Ramazan from 0230 hours to 430 hours (Sehar), 1830 hours to 2000 hours (Iftar) and 2100 hours to 2230 hours for (Taraweeh). In this connection a comprehensive plan chalked out by the Ministry of Water and Power for its implementation was provided to the members of the Energy Committee.
The Secretary Water and Power Mr. Anwar Ahmad Khan informed the meeting that extensive meetings have been held with power companies to ensure that the implementation of instructions of the Prime Minister are carried out in letter and spirit.
Senator Ishaq Dar also informed the meeting that the Executive Committee of National Economic Council (ECNEC) in its meeting held on Thursday, July 4, 2013 approved four power projects having a total generation capacity of 3511 MW. These include two nuclear energy projects in Karachi, Nandipur Combined Cycle Project in Punjab and Neelum Jhelum Hydropower Project in Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
Finance Minister expressed the hope that with the completion of these projects not only a sizeable addition of 3511MW would be made in the national grid but these would also produce affordable and cheaper electricity.
The Finance Minister directed that these projects should now be reflected in the projections made by the Ministry of Water and Power which should monitor its progress.
The Finance Minister said that the government had taken a bold decision and already cleared circular debt of Rs.322 billion to settle outstanding dues of the private power producers. The Ministry of Water and Power should now vigorously pursue the private producers to provide additional 1700MW in the national grid as promised by them, so that a visible relief can be felt by the common man, he emphasized.
The Energy Committee also reviewed the overall supply and demand position in the country and directed the Ministry of Water and Power to address operational inefficiencies on war footings.
Those who attended the meeting include Mr. Ahsan Iqbal, Federal Minister for Planning and Development, Dr. Musadak Malik, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister. Mr. Shaukat Fayyaz Tareen and senior officials of Minister of Water and Power and Finance.
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