Gilani summons meeting of CCI to discuss loadshedding

The meeting will discuss the 15 point agenda which includes the Diamir Bhasha Dam, power crises, the 2011 gas policy.


Express April 27, 2011

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani  summoned a meeting of the Council of Common Interest on Wednesday to discuss the growing power crisis with the provinces.

Sources say that Thursday's meeting will discuss the 15 point agenda which includes the Diamir Bhasha Dam issue, power crises and the 2011 gas policy.

However, the energy conservation plan and two weekly off days issue has not been included in the agenda, say sources. However, Water and Power ministry sources claim they have sent summaries of these two issues to the CCI.

The Council will also discuss its rules of procedure and the transmission along with distribution of electric power bill of 2010.

The electricity crisis

The electricity crisis is worsening by the day with the duration of loadshedding now reaching 22 hours a day in some parts of the country, which is also creating water shortages.

Lahore is facing 10-12 hours of loadshedding while adjoining areas are facing 14 hours of power cuts on a daily basis.

In Rawalpindi, power outages are taking place an hour after every three hours.

QESCO says load-shedding in Quetta is 6-8 hours while in the district headquarters of Balochistan it is 10 hours. Rural areas are facing 12-14 hours of loadshedding.

Interior Sindh faces power cuts of 10 hours a day and up to 18 hours in rural areas.

In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa , loadshedding has skyrocketed up to 22 hours. Peshawar suffers for 12-13 hours and Swat, Mardan and other areas around 18-22 hours.

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