Govt in rapid pursuit of ending loadshedding

Islamabad—Pursuing its commitment made to the nation before General Elections 2013, to wipe out darkness from Pakistan, the Pakistan Muslim League-N government is vigorously working over its plans to provide uninterrupted electricity to every nook and corner of the country. To the fulfillment of its claim to completely end power load-shedding by year 2018, and to eliminate the power related miseries of masses, a number of small and mega projects have been initiated by the government.
The duration of power outage has already been decreased both in rural and urban areas of the country in wake of some concrete steps taken by the government. “In a bid to enhance power generation and eliminate load-shedding, the government has launched several power projects and that electricity generation would be increased to 18,000 mega watt by the end of this year,” said State Minister for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali.
He said load‑shedding had been restricted to six hours in urban areas, while eight hours in rural areas as a result of solid efforts by the government. Masses have also expressed satisfaction over the steps being taken by the government to end power load‑shedding. “The situation is far better than it was three years ago when PML‑N came into power as not only the duration of load-shedding is reduced but unannounced load-shedding has also been stopped,” said Jameel Ahmed, a retired government officer.
Explaining the progress of different projects of the government, Abid Sher Ali said Diamer-Bhasha and Dasu Dam projects were in progress, adding 70 per cent land for the Diamer‑Bhasha Dam had been acquired. “Work on 4th and 5th extension of Tarbela is underway to increase power generation from the project,” he said. Meanwhile, Replying to a question in the National Assembly Abid said the government had released Rs. 45 billion for land acquisition of Diamer-Bhasha dam. “Construction of infrastructure/preliminary works on Diamer Basha Dam Project i.e. Project Colony at Thor Valley, Composite Model Village-II at Harpan Das and KKH Bypass are in progress through PSDP funding,” he added.
The government is also taking comprehensive steps to invite and attract other countries to invest in power sector of Pakistan. “Qatar government has expressed its interest in building two power plants in Pakistan for which the initial feasibility study is in progress,” said Ambassador of Qatar to Pakistan Saqr Bin Mubarak Al-Mansouri while talking to members of the Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI). “Qatari and Chinese companies are already working on four coa-based power plants in Pakistan.
The construction of these plants would go a long way in reducing Pakistan’s energy problems,” the Ambassador was quoted as saying. The state minister further said in order to bridge the existing demand supply gap to generate affordable electricity, the Private Power and Infrastructure Board (PPIB) under the auspices of Ministry of Water and Power, has initiated several Coal/Hydro and RC LNG based power projects with cumulative capacity of 12,620 MW at various locations in the country, during the last two years.
Giving details about other power projects initiated during the incumbent government’s tenure, he said that Dasu HPP (Stage-I) having a capacity to produce 2160 mega watt with a PC-I cost of Rs. 486.093 billion was started on June 25, 2014, where construction activities on Dasu-KKHâ€-01, Relocation of KKH-€-1 and Dasu-€-RARâ€-01, Construction of Right Bank Access Road are in progress, while work on 132 KV Transmission Line from Dubair HPP to Dasu is also underway.
Keeping in view all the efforts of the government, it is being hoped that power load-shedding would end by year 2018, and PML-N could then confidently enter into next general elections campaign on the basis of its performance.—APP

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