Govt orders equitable distribution of electricity
20 June, 2012
ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Tuesday directed power distribution companies to ensure equitable distribution of electricity across the country.
Gilani, who was disqualified as prime minister on Tuesday, chaired a meeting that decided that power distribution network must ensure transparency so that the all the regions get a fair share of electricity and brave equal amount of load shedding.
The government also decided to increase power generation by 3,000MW in the system within the next 10 days. This will increase overall power generation by 40% from existing 10,500MW to 13,500 MW. It was decided that the Petroleum Ministry would supply 207mmcfd gas to the power sector and also ensure requisite fuel supply to power plants and the Finance Ministry was directed to provide sufficient funds for the purpose.
It was also decided to set up a Crisis Management Cell in the Water and Power Ministry to monitor the situation on a permanent basis and to preempt the crisis situation. The cell will work under the supervision of the Cabinet Committee on Energy.
The meeting was informed that a project of installation of 4,000 solar power tube wells with 50% subsidy in three provinces and 100% in Balochistan would start from July 1. Under the project a, subsidy of Rs 13 billion and Rs 8 billion, respectively, would be disbursed for the project.
The meeting was attended by Chaudhry Ahmad Mukhtar, Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, Dr Asim Hussain, Manzoor Ahmad Wattoo, Qamar Zaman Kaira, Rehman Malik, Syed Sumsam Ali Shah Bukhari, Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Nadeemul Haq and Cabinet, finance, water and power and petroleum secretaries.