PM annoyed over increase in power outages



Zahid Chaudhary

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif reprimanded the Ministry of Water and Power officials on Tuesday over a rise in load shedding in several parts of the country.
Chairing a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Energy, the prime minister expressed his displeasure and said that the authorities in the concerned ministry will be held responsible for not taking anticipatory steps on the issue.
The PM said that there is no reason behind load shedding and electricity should be provided.
The authorities informed the prime minister that the rise in load shedding was because of an increase in the demand for electricity due to severe heat in the country. They said that with increase in water level in the dams in the near future, the situation will improve.
Responding PM Nawaz said that rather than providing excuses the authorities should address citizens’ complaints at the earliest.
Earlier on April 10, PM Nawaz chaired the committee’s previous meeting and directed the authorities concerned to ensure early completion of ongoing power projects without compromising on efficiency and quality of work.
“No laxity would be tolerated with regard to timelines for completion of the ongoing projects,” he said.
He also directed for enhancing coordination among different government organisations to facilitate end consumers.
The Prime Minister it was informed that a total of 5,710 megawatts would be added to the system by the end of 2017. The issues of circular debt, recoveries, and line losses were also discussed.