No gas shortage after January 30: minister
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