ISLAMABAD : Federal Minister for Water and Power, Khwaja Asif has said that the government was working on long-term power projects to generate 20,000 MW for overcoming power crisis within five years. Talking to Pakistan Television (PTV), he said that government had decided to introduce modern technology such as smart meters to overcome electricity pilferage in the country, adding that legislation had also been made for effective campaign against power theft. To a question, he stressed the people to avoid extra usage of electricity.

He said that about 2500 MW electricity could be saved by checking power pilferage and extra usage.

He said that Gomal Zam Dam project in South Waziristan was completed at a cost of Rs 22 billion, adding that it had capacity to produce 17.4MW electricity. Asif said that the dam would also be helpful for cultivation of thousands acres of barren land in the area.

The Minister said that government was paying attention to generate electricity through coal as it was a cheaper source of energy production. He said that government was working on many more power projects in FATA that would also empower its people financially.

Khwaja Asif said that 1242 feet capacity of Mangla Dam has been increased, adding that 2600 MW electricity would be included in national grid after the completion of Tarbela Dam’s 4-5 projects. He hoped that power situation would become better in coming days as government was working day and night to meet the country’s energy demand.