Khawaja Asif admits energy crisis will prevail after 2018

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Water, Power and Defence Khawaja Asif on Monday acknowledged that energy crisis could not be resolved in the country until 2018, Aaj News reported.

He said 21 power projects in the country were producing less than 50 percent. While only three power projects were producing 90 percent electricity.

Asif has submitted written reply in the National Assembly in which he has admitted that electricity crisis could not be resolved until 2018, contrary to the claim of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Meanwhile, Khawaja Asif said that line losses of electricity had been significantly reduced during the last two years.

He said that circular debt was under control since November 2014 and bill payment was better this year as compared to previous year.

The minister said that recovery of dues was 88 percent in 2014 while it remained 93 percent during last year.

He said Rs56 billion were saved in recovery process while Rs49 billion saved in fuel adjustment.