This letter is in reference to the grim situation of gas and power crisis prevailing in the country. I would like to highlight the following points for immediate action by the government: a) The gas pipeline project (IPI) with Iran may be finalized at the earliest. b) Although the 4500 MW Diamir Basha dam is commenced, it is a long-term project. It will take 7-8 years for completion. Thus, run of the river short-term projects like Thakot & Dasu may be given top priority and be started at the earliest. c) At present Thar Coal project is going at very slow pace. It should be executed posthaste by giving it top priority. d) During the last visit of President to UAE, their government had gifted us a 400 MW power plant. Necessary measures should be taken to install it at the earliest. -ENG MUNAWAR HUSSAIN, Lahore, via e-mail, December 17.