Islamabad: The Federal government should be stripped of its power to decide where major power plants should be built, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) officials demanded today. 

They believe all of Pakistan’s provinces should have a say in major infrastructure decisions and a final approval for all projects should be given by the Council of Common Interest (CCI).

The demand was made amid growing concern that the federal government is biased towards its Punjab power base and the Pakistan’s largest province is getting more than its fair share of the nation’s capital spending.

The issue came to a head following a row over a decision to built two new 2400 MW gas power plants in Punjab without the necessary approval of the Inter Provincial Coordination Council (IPCC).

The two Re-Liquefied Natural Gas (RLNG) plants in Qasoor and Jhang district were approved in principle by the federal government’s Economic Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC). Both projects were then inaugurated by the Prime Minister and given the formal go ahead by Central Development Working Party (CDWP).1111

The decision was pushed through, however, without the consent of the IPCC, which reflects the views of Pakistan’s provincial governments. 

Now the KP government has challenged the decision and called for a new procedure to protect the interests of the provinces in all major infrastructure decisions. “Two RLNG power plants are being installed in Punjab without taking the view of the Inter Provincial Coordination Committee (IPCC), so we don’t want this to happen again in future,” one official told The Nation today.