This is with reference to the assurance given by federal Minister for Water and Power Raja Pervaiz Ashraf during a meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Water and Power. The minister said the government would fulfill its commitments to end loadshedding by December 2009. He further told the committee that preliminary steps have already been taken in the tendering of the Bhasha dam and other resources are being investigated for adding more electricity to the national grid. That assurance, though, is quite ambiguous. Let me tell your readers point blank that right from the date when commencement of construction of Bhasha dam is announced, it would take at least seven to eight years to complete it. The government had earlier committed to add 4000MW by the end of this year to stop loadshedding. In this context, the government is requested to announce the break-up and schedules of the projected wattage that is to come on line in the system from other resources. It is further requested that the industry must be exempted from loadshedding and PEPCO must also refrain from unscheduled loadshedding. -ENGR MUNAWAR HUSSAIN, via e-mail, May 23.