Islamabad- PML-N government has decided to take back 350mw from Karachi Electric Supply Company's (KESC) while Water & Power Ministry has further instructed the power utility (KESC) to present alternate solution till Tuesday (today). Earlier, the Council of Common Interests (CCI) at the end of outgoing year (2012) had decided to reduce 350 megawatts of electricity from the 700mw supplied to KESC by the National Transmission and Despatch Company (NTDC).

The power utility is likely to be provided with Rs 6 billion to buy around 2,000 metric tonnes of oil from the Pakistan State Oil (PSO) to activate its idle capacity for power generation.

While, the CCI's decisions about the curtailing of 350mw of the City's power supply, the KESC's efforts to increase its power generation capacity, its non-payment to the PSO and the Sui Southern Gas Company and the continuous subsidy it enjoys even after its privatisation generated a heated debate in the meeting of the CCI.

Sources in Water & Power Ministry told this scribe that a meeting was held here under the chair Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Muhammad Asif to discuss the withdrawal of 350mw of electricity from the KESC and outstanding dues of National Transmission and Despatch Company.

During the course of this important meeting, he instructed the KESC administration to avoid creating hurdles in the process of withdrawal of 350 mw in light of the principle decision of the CCI.

The Minister also made it clear that implementation on the decision of CCI is unavoidable.

He said since the CCI decision cannot challenge in the court so the KESC should vacate the stay order it had obtained from the Sindh High Court.

He also said that significant decrease in the duration of hours long power loadshedding can be achieved by withdrawing 350 mw of electricity from the power distributing company.

The sources also informed that Managing Director of the KESC has assured the government of his cooperation to overcome the on going power crisis.

They said that the Power Minister Khawaja Asif has given one-day deadline to present alternate solution to meet power utility's demand.