Power crisis: Situation to improve in 2 days: Naveed Qamar

PM directs Ministry of Finance to release funds to Pepco for resumption of fuel supply to power plants.


Ppi/express October 03, 2011

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani directed the Ministry of Finance to immediately release funds to Pepco for resumption of fuel supplies to thermal power plants. While Federal Minister for Water and Power has said that the situation will improve over the next 48 hours. 

The above direction was given by the Prime Minister while chairing a special emergency meeting at the Prime Minister house here on Monday on the current acute energy shortfall in the country.

The Prime Minister also directed the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources to ensure restoration of fuel supply to the power plants including KAPCO and HUBCO so that they can generate electricity to ease the electricity shortage in the country.

Full restoration of fuel supplies to these two plants will generate additional 2,000MW electricity.

A report sent to Prime Minister Gilani revealed that Pepco is facing a loss of around Rs42.3 million every hour due to electricity theft and non-payment of dues.

The meeting reviewed energy conservation measures, and Minister for Water and Power was directed by the Prime Minister to hold consultation with the provinces in this regard.

The Prime Minister also directed the High Powered Committee consisting Syed Naveed Qamar, Minister for Water and Power, Dr Asim Hussain, Minister for Petroleum, Deputy Chairman Planning Commission, Dr Nadeemul Haq and Acting Governor State Bank of Pakistan and headed by the Finance Minister, Dr Abdul Hafeez Sheikh to submit recommendations in a Special Cabinet meeting to be convened soon aimed at the resolution of unscheduled loadshedding in the country.

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COMMENTS (36)

Maher | 10 years ago | Reply

Initially it was announced that power crisis will be settled next in 36 hours. Now after 26 hours its further 48 hours.....

Adil | 10 years ago | Reply

@Mannaman: Brother accept a reality. You say they did nothing i say they did alot and everyone knows. just take the dollar rate of Musharraf's time and compare it now. Just think how many times this govt went to IMF. NAWAZ was their ally also in a time when they were also trying to prolong and stabilize their rule and no developmental work. Moreover Abdul Qadir Khan has personally said in an interview with kamran ( video available on youtube) that the atomic research was supported the most by General Zia shaheed and it was also completed under his command. He also said that he himself advised Z.A.bhutto to start nuclear research when he was on vacation. After one year when he came for another leave there was no work done on it. Please watch the interview. The F-16s which forms the backbone of Pakistan Air force..who bought them?

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