‘Power supply at low cost top priority’

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‘Power supply at low cost top priority’

ISLAMABAD: Provision of electricity to the masses at an affordable cost is the top priority of government and lines losses, power theft and non-payment of circular debt are the major causes of the current electricity shortage, said Chaudhary Abid Sher Ali Minister of State for Water and Power on Friday. Addressing a meeting in the Ministry of Water and Power he said, “Government is committed to overcome the electricity deficit, hobbling our economy in the shortest possible time.” He said had the governments during last ten years paid any head practically to resolve the energy issue, we would have been in position to meet electricity demand of domestic consumer as well as that of the industrial sector. Heb emphasised the government would have to improve energy mix to cope with the looming crisis of the electricity. Shifting from the furnace oil to the other cheaper fuels like coal fired power generation, hydropower, solar, wind and nuclear power generation provide the best alternatives. In this regard the government has launched various hydropower projects of 20,000 megawatts (MW) and 6,600 MW coal fired Gadani Power Project to be completed with the cooperation of China. He said first time in the history of Pakistan Rs 250 billion has been allocated by any government in the Annual Development Programme for the development of the power sector. staff report

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