No gas short­age af­ter Jan­uary 30: min­is­ter

The Pak Banker - - National -

IS­LAM­ABAD: Fed­eral Min­is­ter for Wa­ter and Power, Raja Pervez Ashraf Thurs­day in­formed the Na­tional Assem­bly that the prob­lem of gas short­age would be over­come when the hy­del power gen­er­a­tion in­creases fol­low­ing the com­ple­tion of an­nual cam­paign by Jan­uary 31, 2011.

Re­spond­ing to a call­ing at­ten­tion no­tice jointly tabled by Dr Nadeem Eh­san, Sa­jid Ahmed, Asif Has­nain and Khush Bakht Shu­jaat, the fed­eral min­is­ter said that there was a gap be­tween de­mand and sup­ply, how­ever the sat­u­a­tion would get nor­mal af­ter de­silt­ing of canals com­plete.

He cat­e­gor­i­cally re­jected the al­le­ga­tions of mul­ti­ple tar­iff mech­a­nism and in­formed the house that uni­form tar­iff was charged all over the coun­try adding that the min­istry was not fix­ing the tar­iff rather it is fixed by NEPRA.

He said that the min­istry would re­view the com­plaints of over-billing, par­tic­u­larly in Karachi city and also re­jected cat­e­gor­i­cally that tar­iff bills were be­ing pre­pared with­out read­ing me­ters.

Mean­while, Fed­eral Min­is­ter for Petroleum and Nat­u­ral Re­sources Syed Naveed Qa­mar, on a point of or­der told the House that gas load man­age­ment was be­ing con­ducted equally across the coun­try, sched­ule for which has been made in con­sul­ta­tions with all the in­dus­tri­al­ists and stake­hold­ers.

He how­ever, ex­presses the hope that gas sup­ply would be in­creased next week to all the coun­try, par­tic­u­larly to Faisal­abad.

On Wed­nes­day, Raja Pervez Ashraf said in­formed the Na­tional Assem­bly that 1800 megawatt elec­tric­ity was in­cluded in the coun­try's power trans­mis­sion sys­tem dur­ing the last two years.

He said that there was short­fall of 5,000 megawatt and with the in­clu­sion of 1,800 megawatt there has been im­prove­ment in power sup­ply sys­tem.

The min­is­ter said that the govern­ment has taken sev­eral mea­sures to over­come the load­shed­ding adding that as com­pared to the months of Oc­to­ber and Novem­ber, last year, there was no load shed­ding dur­ing the same months of this year.

He said that load­shed­ding was not any new phe­nom­e­non; it has sur­faced dur­ing 1973 and then in 1985, how­ever, added that it has be­come reg­u­lar fea­ture since 2005.

To an­other s up­ple­men­tary ques­tion, Pervez Ashraf said that keep­ing in view the short­age of gas in the count r y, t he govern­ment has s witched most t he power gen­er­a­tion units from gas to fur­nace oil. -App

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