Stop 650MW power supply to Karachi: Senate body

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ISLAMABAD: The Senate Committee on Water and Power that met here on Friday with Senator Zahid Khan in the chair asked the government to immediately stop the supply of 650MWs electricity to the Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) as the Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and interior Sindh are facing an unprecedented loadshedding at a time when the mercury has surged over 50 degrees Centigrade in some areas.

 

Officials of the Ministry of Water and Power told the committee the current power crisis with 18-20 hours loadshedding would continue till May 29 as Rs3.50 billion a day were needed to generate the optimum level of electricity to cut loadshedding to four to five hours a day.

 

They blamed the Ministry of Finance for the huge power outages as it did not release Rs22.5 billion as was asked.The committee also asked the ministry to end exemption from the loadshedding available to the President House, Prime Minister’s House and Ministers Enclave. The chairman of the Senate committee also said that loadshedding should equally be passed on even to the Supreme Court, Judges Colony and bungalows of generals.

 

The committee also asked for an end to exemption from loadshedding available to Wapda employees. However, it approved smooth and interrupted electricity supply to defence instalments and hospitals.Secretary Water and Power Anwaar Ahmad said the ministry needed Rs3.50 billion a day to generate electricity to a reasonable level with loadshedding of four to five hours a day.

 

The committee asked the Ministry of Water and Power to move the court against the new contract with the KESC under which it would be provided 650MWs electricity till 2015. It said the contract was not in the interest of the country. The earlier contract was till 2010 under which the KESC was to increase its generation capacity to a reasonable level but it failed to do so. The committee also gave 15 days to its sub-committee to furnish its report on the KESC agreements and billions of rupees subsidy doled out to it so far.

 

Chairman Zahid Khan said the committee had been provided a fake electricity loadshedding schedule and asked for accountability of concerned officials. The secretary water and power said in just 18 months, some IPPs could be converted to coal-based power plants.

 

He said in the whole world, the power plant which produces maximum electricity is given incentives but in a country like Pakistan the story is quite the opposite as the power plant which produces less electricity gets maximum incentives.

 

He disclosed that in Pakistan, old power plants were installed which were later painted to show that they were new ones. The committee asked the government not to receive the amount in the head of fuel used for electricity for the last eight months from the consumers in electricity bills and also directed the consumers not to pay the said amount in the electricity bills.Shahi Syed, ANP senator, said: “Our kids are dying because of non availability of electricity but KESC is making millions of rupees.”



Courtesy:  The News


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