ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif says provision of relief to masses from load shedding is responsibility of the government and all out efforts are being made in this regard.
He was chairing a meeting of Cabinet Committee on Energy to review the progress on different power projects.
The Prime Minister said all power projects should be planned well in time and their execution also be ensured at the earliest.
He directed the concerned authorities to constitute a dedicated team for hourly monitoring of the power supply situation.
The Prime Minister also sought weekly report on transmission and distribution system and demand of electricity in the country.
Nawaz Sharif directed Secretary Water and Power to constitute a dedicated team for hourly monitoring of the power supply situation.
He also directed that the team must report on monitoring of power transmission and distribution system as well on weekly basis.
He said that anticipated planning has not been exercised by the relevant Ministries and their organizations for which responsibility must be fixed.
Prime Minister directed Secretary Water and Power, Secretary Finance and Secretary to Prime Minister to present a line of action for resolution of issues related to in-operational IPPs and present a report in two days.
He directed the Ministries of Petroleum and Water and Power to work out a balanced conversion plan of power generation plants from furnace oil to Re-gasified Liquid Natural Gas and coal as source and present the plan in next meeting.
The Meeting was briefed by the Secretary Water and Power briefed the meeting on availability and utilization of idle IPPs and captive power plants.
He said that 866 MW has been restored to the system in the current month and further 400 MW will be added by mid of next month.
He also briefed on issues pertaining to upfront tariff by NEPRA and load management plan for the summer.
The Minister for Water and Power informed the meeting that power system constraints resolution programme would be completed by December 2017.
Finance Minister also briefed the meeting on his meeting with President World Bank regarding funding of solar power projects in Pakistan.—Radio Pakistan