Power station: Repair work to increase power by 400MW

USAID aims to add 700MW to national grid by 2012.

Express August 17, 2011

KARACHI: Power production at the thermal power station in Muzaffargarh will increase by 400 megawatts to its maximum capacity of 1,110MW following a repair project by USAID. The project will provide electricity to more than 500,000 homes in Southern Punjab.

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Director for Pakistan, Andrew Sisson, said Muzaffargarh power plant is part of Pakistan’s vital infrastructure that will once again generate energy for industries, businesses and homes. “I am happy that the plant has already regained some of its lost capacity,” he added.

In addition to Muzaffargarh, USAID is helping to repair the thermal plants in Jamshoro as well the Tarbela hydro-plant. USAID is also funding the completion of the Gomal Zam and Satpara dams, as well as the replacement of 11,000 tube-wells with more energy efficient models.  Together, these projects will add an estimated 700MW power to the national grid, which will address nearly 15 percent of Pakistan’s current energy shortage by the end of 2012. APP

Published in The Express Tribune, August 18th, 2011.

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He said that the notice from the Inland Revenue Department addressed him as Inland Revenue commissioner. However, he said he wrote the note as RGST chief when he had the additional charge of the Inland Revenue member.

He said that the Inland Revenue member was not part of the RGST and, therefore, he could not seek explanation from the RGST chief. He termed the notice illegal and urged the FBR chairman to withdraw it.

He said that he wrote the note in the larger interest of the Inland Revenue Department to improve its performance.

Qutab said that he believed the Inland Revenue member acted mala fide, and his aim was to conceal the operational drawbacks in the joint working of income tax, sales tax and federal excise duty.

In his note, Qutab had called for dividing the Inland Revenue Department into two categories. The first category, according to his proposal, should have the Inland Revenue member (income tax) while the second category should have the Inland Revenue member (sales tax and federal excise duty).

Sources told The Express Tribune that complaints from the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI), All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (Aptma) and different trade associations had increased significantly after the establishment of the Inland Revenue Department.

They said that taxpayers were facing increased problems because of the department. They added that adjudication orders were being passed against taxpayers which contradicted with tax laws.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 18th, 2011.