Steps underway to end loadsheding: Abid

MULTAN: State Minister for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali on Wednesday said the PML-N government would make the country a loadsheding free zone for which various practical steps were underway.

Addressing at the Multan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI), he said the incumbent government had inked an MoU with China worth 30 billion dollars to overcome the energy crisis faced by the country.

About Fort Munro incident, the minister said 33 Wapda employees, out of 35, who were held hostage had been recovered and added that rest of them would soon be recovered.

He added that a case under terrorism act would be lodged against those who held the WAPDA employees hostage.

Abid Sher Ali said they were initiating actions against power pilferers across the country under the ordinance made against power pilferers.

Dispelled the impression that action was being taken against any specific province, he said a campaign had been launched across the country.

He said Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif would inaugurate various power projects in all provinces soon.

Regarding shortfall of electricity, he said it was 7000 megawatt last year while it had reduced to 2,100 megawatt so far with the help of steps taken by the government to end the crisis.

He said 10 power plants of coal were being set up at Gadani, two in Jamshoro while work was in progress on solar and wind energy.

MCCI president Khawaja Muhammad Usman, in his welcome address, assured the government of full support by the business community to overcome the crisis.

He urged the government to introduce ‘Special Textile Tariff’ for textile industry to compete with the world market.

Khawaja Usman also requested to appoint a representative from the MCCI in MEPCO Board of Directors.

Source: APP