ISLAMABAD  - The finance ministry has injected Rs 8 billion into power sector to make sure interrupted electricity supply during Eid-ul-Azha days across the country as the government decided earlier not to conduct loadshedding on the religious eve.

Sources informed The Nation that government has released Rs 8 billion for power sector, which would help in reducing the electricity outages during Eid days. “The government has released money for power sector to make sure interrupted electricity supply during Eid-ul-Azha across the country”, said a finance ministry official.

He further said that government has released Rs 64 billion subsidies for the power sector during the so far period (July-October 15) of the ongoing financial year 2013-14. The government has planned to release Rs 165 billion for power sector during the whole fiscal year 2013-14, he added.

It is worth mentioning here that the government has already decided that there would be no loadshedding of electricity and gas throughout the country during the Eid days.

In order to facilitate the people on Eidul Azha, Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL), Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) announced that there would be a continuous supply of the compressed natural gas (CNG) to filling stations from October 14 to October 20. As industries will remain closed during Eid holidays, CNG consumers of the country would get CNG following the decision by both the state-owned gas companies. Similarly, the government also announced there would be no power loadshedding during the Eid days.

As per the announcement of the Water and Power Ministry, there would no loadshedding on October 16 and 17 and the continued supply of power would be ensured by alerting the staff to meet the emergency-like situation. \