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Prime Minister calls power outages unacceptable

Islamabad, May 07, 2014 (PPI-OT): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif chaired a high level meeting to review electricity generation and load-shedding in the country today at PM House this morning. The meeting was attended by Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif Chief Minister Punjab, Minister for Information Senator Pervaiz Rashid, Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbassi, Minister for Railways Khwaja Saad Rafiq, Minister of State for Water and Power Mr. Abid Sher Ali, Minister of State for Petroleum Jam Kamal Khan, Special Assistant to PM Dr. Musadiq Malik and senior officers.

Prime Minister was briefed about load management plan for the months of May, June and July. Prime Minister directed to immediately shift gas from fertilizer industry to power sector and to reduce gas supply to CNG sector partially for additional 592 Megawatt generation in the system.

Prime Minister was briefed that additional 1,000 Megawatt will be added from the hydle sources on the 11th May, 2014 and by the end of this month 3,500 Megawatts more from hydle sources will also be added.

Prime Minister directed Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources and Ministry of Water and Power to ensure that fuel shortage issue is resolved in next few days. 630 Megawatts in the system would also be added in the system through additional supply of fuel to Muzaffargarh and Jamshoro power plants. Prime Minister also directed to reactivate dormant power stations.

Further the Prime Minister directed to shift the fuel supply through Railway to power houses to avoid leakages, pilferage and corruption. Prime Minister clearly directed to bring down the load shedding level to 6 hours in urban and 7 hours in rural areas in next few days. Prime Minister declared existing level of load-shedding as unacceptable.

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