LAHORE - The Punjab Government has constituted a taskforce for crackdown on the power thieves and to recover money for the electricity they consumed.

Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif while talking to Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq who called on him here on Monday said that the provincial government is evolving a 5-year energy policy with the consultation of all stakeholders. He said that the proposed visit of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to China is also going to help in overcoming economic problems. Shahbaz said that besides generation of electricity, controlling power-theft and line losses is essential.  Expressing resolve to play an effective role in curbing electricity theft, he said a taskforce has been formed for this purpose.

Shahbaz Sharif said that Nandipur power project has been pending for the last two and half years due to corruption and greed of the former rulers and its cost of construction has increased from Rs.22 billion to Rs.57 billion. He said that the Chinese company has again been invited to resume work on this project. He said that PML-N government is taking revolutionary steps for overcoming energy crisis.

The CM said that people have given mandate to PML-N in general elections to get their problems solved and the govt will honour every promise made to them. He said that tough decisions will have to be taken for the stability of national economy. He said that circular debt of electricity has gone beyond Rs 500b but the promise to eliminate circular debt within 60 days will be fulfilled.  He said that the cost of production of electricity can be reduced by generating power from alternative sources.

He said that Punjab government has made planning to produce electricity from solar energy, biomass, biogas and coal with the cooperation of private sector.