ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday said that the government had prioritized provision of electricity to the people at affordable rates and steps were being taken to minimize load-shedding in least possible time.
He was chairing 8th meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Energy here at the Prime Minister House, which reviewed progress on the implementation of decisions taken in the previous seven meetings.
The Prime Minister directed that Neelum-Jhelum Hydro power project be completed within the given time-frame, adding, that no slackness on anyone’s part will be tolerated.
He asked the concerned ministries to take steps for meeting funds requirement to ensure timely completion of this project.
Chairman WAPDA gave a presentation on Neelum-Jhelum power project which on completion will produce more electricity than Mangla.
He informed that around 70% of the project has been completed.
The Prime Minister said that concerned departments should ensure that deadlines in power generation are met in time and those responsible for causing undue delay should be prepared for accountability.
Secretary Water and Power briefed the committee that the ministry has worked hard to control the growth of circular debt which currently stands at Rs. 254 billion while payables to IPPs have been brought down to around Rs. 144.5 billion.
The Prime Minster was also informed that current electricity bill collection was 75 percent in the month of January 2015 while overall collection including outstanding amount in this month was 98 percent.
Minister for Finance, Muhammad Ishaq Dar, Minister for Water and Power, Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Minister for Petroleum, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Minster for Planning and Development, Ahsan Iqbal, Minster for Railways, Khawaja Saad Rafique, Chief Minister Punjab, Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, Minister of State for Petroleum, Jam Kamal, Minister of State for Water and Power, Abid Sher Ali, Advisor to the Prime Minister on National Security, Sartaj Aziz and Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, Tariq Fatemi attended the meeting along with senior government officials.