PML (N) com­mit­ted to end power out­ages: Talal

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

PML-N govern­ment was com­mit­ted to re­solve en­ergy crises and has vowed to elim­i­nate load shed­ding and pro­vid­ing cheap elec­tric­ity to the peo­ple of the coun­try. This was stated by var­i­ous lead­ers who have una­nim­ity of views while talk­ing to me­dia.

PML-N leader Talal Chaudhry said, "PMLN govern­ment has been work­ing on the agenda to over­come en­ergy cri­sis in the coun­try." De­lib­er­at­ing on the topic, he said PM chaired a high level meet­ing of Cab­i­net Com­mit­tee on En­ergy and was briefed about the en­ergy sit­u­a­tion and progress on un­der­way power projects.

PM was also briefed about more than 1,200 kilo­me­ters of elec­tric­ity trans­mis­sion lines to be laid from La­hore to Karachi with the sup­port of Rus­sia, he added. PML-N govern­ment has vowed to elim­i­nate load shed­ding and pro­vid­ing cheap elec­tric­ity to the peo­ple of the coun­try, he added. PML-N govern­ment had to face a num­ber of chal­lenges when it came into power.

Mian Nawaz Sharif pri­or­i­tized two main chal­lenges that were badly af­fect­ing the econ­omy of the coun­try, he said and added, one was elim­i­na­tion of ter­ror­ism from the coun­try and the other was overcoming en­ergy cri­sis. PM has an­nounced to per­son­ally mon­i­tor the progress to en­sure time- ly com­ple­tion of the power projects, he re­marked.

PM was also in­formed that there was 5.8% re­duc­tion in the line losses dur­ing the year 2015 and an in­crease of Rs. 51 bil­lion in re­cov­er­ies while Rs.10 bil­lion were saved due to de­crease in line losses which was a pos­i­tive de­vel­op­ment, he ob­served. "Govern­ment has vowed to elim­i­nate load shed­ding from the coun­try till 2018 at any cost," he main­tained.

PML-N leader Maiza Hameed said, "Present govern­ment is work­ing on the agenda to fa­cil­i­tate the peo­ple of the coun­try at all costs." "PM is giv­ing top pri­or­ity to im­prove health, education and en­ergy sec­tors in the coun­try," he added. Par­lia­men­tary Sec­re­tary for Plan­ning and De­vel­op­ment Syed Saqlain Bukhari said, Present govern­ment was en­sur­ing to add 10,000MW elec­tric­ity in the na­tional grid sys­tem till 2018.

"Present govern­ment is try­ing to fa­cil­i­tate all the four provinces equally with­out any dis­crim­i­na­tion," he added. Spokesman, Min­istry of Wa­ter and Power Zaf­faryab Khan said, 2015 was the best year for the present govern­ment in which re­cov­er­ies of elec­tric­ity bills and re­duc­tion in line losses was achieved to a great ex­tent. More than 51 bil­lion ru­pees have been re­cov­ered as ar­rears, he said and added, the amend­ment in elec­tric­ity act has also been ap­proved.

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