Islamabad: Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani directed the Ministry of Petroleum and other stakeholders to work on war footing to ensure that people are put to minimum inconvenience due to gas shortage in the forthcoming months of November, December and January. An attitude of business as usual is unacceptable, the prime minister said.
The Prime Minister said this during a high level meeting he chaired at the PM House today which was attended by the Minister for Petroleum, Dr. Asim Hussain, Secretary Finance, Cabinet Secretary, Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, Secretary Petroleum, Acting Chairman of FBR and other senior officials of the relevant ministries.
The Prime Minister directed the Ministry of Petroleum to accelerate the process of increasing the supply of gas in the country. All irritants in the way must be removed as of today, the Prime Minister directed.
The Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources briefed the meeting about various gas development projects like Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline, TAPI, Turkmenistan- Afghanistan- Pakistan and India gas pipeline and import of LNG to overcome the shortage of gas in the country.
The Prime Minister directed that work on these projects should be expedited and all the concerned authorities should meet today and in quick succession, if need be, to evolve an operational strategy aimed at speeding up the work to overcome the energy deficiency in the country at the earliest possible time.
The Prime Minister also underscored the need of launching an awareness campaign to sensitize people to the imperative of energy conservation particularly the gas conservation measures in the upcoming winter to ensure maximum benefit and comfort to the people.
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