Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday said his government would provide full support to Thar coal power projects to overcome electricity shortages in Sindh.
Nawaz Sharif chaired a meeting of business community in presence of chief minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah at the residence of Chairman Board of Investment Dr Miftah Ismail here on Thursday.
Nawaz listened to the complaints of business community. During the meeting, the chief minister expressed his concern on prolonged load-shedding in Sindh, particularly in rural areas.
Syed Murad Ali Shah reiterated his stance that the resolution of serious power crisis lies in Sindh. “We have huge coal deposits to generate electricity and also Sindh has vast wind and solar energy corridors,” he said and added just Sindh needs the support and cooperation of the prime minister to generate electricity.
The prime minister assured the chief minister that he would extend his full support to Thar coal and renewable energy projects and has already directed Ministry of Water & Power to decide tariff and other related issues.
He also assured Sindh government that he would direct the concerned authorities to reduce load – shedding hours.
The chief minister told the meeting that it is quite painful that prolonged load-shedding in the province, particularly in the areas of SESCO and HESCO has caused problems for the people.
He also raised the issue of inflated electricity bills being given to the poor people in rural areas. The people living in even a two-room house have to pay a huge bill.
“I know the power rates are high but it doesn’t mean to fleece the poor people,” he said and added that the Hesco and Sesco deliberately do not install meters in slum areas and allow kunda connections and this system leads corruption. -Business Recorder