Energy pow-wow: Decentralisation of power sector demanded

ANP sponsored conference invites proposals on resolving power crisis.


Abdur Rauf August 10, 2012

PESHAWAR:


The Awami National Party (ANP) along with other participating political parties in the Energy Conference held at Chief Minister House on Thursday appealed to the centre to hand over authority of electricity generation and distribution to the provinces.


The conference was meant to solicit recommendations for resolving the power crisis in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P).

The K-P provincial government led by ANP had convened an All Parties Conference (APC) on the power issue, but on the refusal of opposition parties including Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, Jamiat Ulema-e- Islam-Fazlurrehman, Jamaat-e-Islami and PPP-Sherpao to attend the APC, the moot was renamed Energy Conference.

K-P Chief Minister Ameer Haider Khan Hoti chaired the conference that was attended by PPP provincial chief, Senator Sardar Ali and K-P Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Afan Aziz.

Senator Afrasiab Khattak, ANP provincial president briefing the media after the conference said, “we had invited all the political parties and the concerned stake holders to attend APC to cogitate on how to address the power crisis but unfortunately it was given a political tinge and they (opposition political parties) did not come.”

Khattak said that the aim of the energy conference was to find out the factors behind the power crisis and their solution.

He said the conference noted that K-P could produce cheap power costing Rs2 per unit, but the same was being sold on high rates to the province.

“The whole problem is the centralisation of the power generation and distribution and we demand that it should be made a provincial subject,” Khattak said.

He rejected the idea of Punjab government that seeks power outages on equitable basis.

Power load management should be according to the electricity consumption in various provinces of the federation, he said.

According to Khattak, participants of the energy conference recommended that recovery process of Peshawar Electric Supply Company should be more effective along with controlling line losses.

The K-P chief minister has directed, after a briefing by experts on power production, that various options of power production including small projects on canals should be given due consideration, Khattak added.

He said that the CM also directed that a proper study be carried out on how the province can harness the gas sector for production of power in Karak district.

“We will continue the consultation process and will hold more such meetings on the issue of power,” the ANP stalwart maintained and claimed today’s conference would prove a fruitful one.

ANP will soon present the recommendations of the energy conference to the prime minister, Khattak said.

In his brief statement on the occasion Senator Sardar Ali said that he agreed with the demand for handing over generation and distribution of power to the provinces.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 10th, 2012.

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COMMENTS (2)

Awans | 8 years ago | Reply @gul bahadur: If Pukhtoons have so many Problems with Punjabis then why rich Pakhtoons love to have a house in Lahore and Rawalpindi????. Leave us alone and in front of us you call us brothers while on the Internet we see your Real Hypocritical face. You are Economic migrants and tomorrow if their will be opportunities in Afghanistan then i am sure you will ask for Independence from Pakistan in KPK and will spit on the same land from Pakistan where you are eating right now. Also for your kind information Any Dam that has been made in the past is made by the money of the Federal Government and it was Punjab whose GDP of 65 percent was actually invested on these projects. The solution is simple that If KPK wants Ghazi Barotha, Tarbela or any project then simply pay more than 15 Billion dollars to federation as you did not spent a penny and whole projects were completed without a penny from KPK.
gul bahadur | 8 years ago | Reply

Punjab does not want to devolve electricity,gas and tobacco.Like Baluchistan they will milk the poor provinces of their natural wealth.When the products are exhausted,they will ask them to join another country as they cant bear the burden of poor people.Example= Baluchistan. Now they are telling KP to share their electricity,gas and tobacco cess.When these are finished they would do the same thing to us as they have done to Baluchistan.Kill our leaders like they killed our elders in tribal areas. Ironically Wheat is a crop and punjab tells us it cant be shared with you,but tobacco is not a crop so it should be shared with us.They might as well tell us that we are not human being because we speak Pashto and any body speaking pashto is neither muslim nor Pakistani.

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