Fed­er­a­tion in­tends to re­solve is­sues of KP: Abid

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

PE­SHAWAR: Min­is­ter of State for Wa­ter and Power, Abid Sher Ali Tues­day said the fed­eral govern­ment un­der the lead­er­ship of Prime Min­is­ter, Muhamamd Nawaz Sharif was en­deav­or­ing to re­solve the is­sues with Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa.

He said fol­low­ing the di­rec­tives of Prime Min­is­ter, the agree­ment to pay Rs 70 bil­lion to KP was reached be­tween the fed­er­a­tion and the pro­vin­cial govern­ment. It was his­toric achieve­ment and re­flected acu­men of the Prime Min­is­ter, he added. Ad­dress­ing a press con­fer­ence here af­ter at­tend­ing a briefing at WAPDA House, he said that in­ces­sant ef­forts are be­ing made to end load shed­ding in the coun­try by in­creas­ing power gen­er­a­tion and up­grad­ing elec­tric­ity dis­tri­bu­tion sys­tem.

He said am­bi­tious plans of the govern­ment in en­ergy sec­tor would end the load shed­ding from the coun­try by 2017-18. He said that pro­ject worth bil­lions of ru­pees had been ini­ti­ated to re­solve the elec­tric­ity re­lated is­sues of Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa. He said that line losses on 670 feed­ers of 867 in KP were be­ing faced, while the ra­tio of losses on 120 feed­ers is 80 per­cent.

He said that a com­mit­tee had been con­sti­tuted to take KP govern­ment on board re­gard­ing is­sues of load shed­ding which af­ter con­sul­ta­tion and help of con­cerned par­lia­men­tar­i­ans would con­vince peo­ple to pay elec­tric­ity bills.

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