826 MW electricity to be added in system by Dec: Pervez Ashraf

Minister for Water and Power Raja Pervez Ashraf on Monday said that 826 MW additional electricity will be added in the system by December this year.

Speaking at the “meet the press” here at National Press Club, the minister said that the government has already included additional 1,982 MW in the system during its tenure.

He said that the Diamer-Basha dam project will be inaugurated in February this year. He added 4,500 MW electricity will be generated from this project.

He said besides changing scenario in the international market, the main reason of energy crises in the country is widening gap between power demand and supply.

He said the government is also working on several mega projects including Gunji, Dasu and Neelum-Jhelum power projects to generate additional electricity to meet the country’s demand.

Pervez Ashraf said around 45,000 people have been arrested on charge of power theft while 150 employees have also been suspended from the services for helping in electricity theft in the country.

He said the government is also making efforts to get 750 MW electricity from Iran while a power plant gifted by UAE government will be functional soon.

He said for reforms and restructuring of power companies, the government has included professional persons in their boards for efficient working.

He said the main reason for delay in the start of rental power projects was law and order situation in past that compelled the investors to quit their work, however after improving the situation, now they are returning back to restart their projects, he added.

He said around 700 MW to 800 MW electricity is being produced from rental power projects.

He said despite several challenges being faced by the government, it is its endeavor to initiate mega development projects for progress of the country and changing the living standard of commonman.

Replying to a question, the minister said all credit goes to the present government of Pakistan Peoples Party who contributed a lot for strengthening of democratic institutions of the country.

He said other political parties have also played their due role in the parliament for democracy and passed the 18th and 19th amendment besides historical NFC award.

He said for the larger interest of the people almost all political parties are working in polite and appropriate manner which shows their maturity.

He said now the whole nation is supporting the government in its struggle to protect the country from evil designs of terrorists, who are trying to destabilize the country.

On the occasion, the minister announced that electricity connections will be provided to journalists in Media Town within 72 hours after submitting the application. He also announced Rs 0.5 million for National Press Club.