PESHAWAR (bureau report) - Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak has directed the concerned quarters of Energy and Power Department to ensure early acquisition of required land to establish the proposed oil refinery in Kohat.

He was chairing a meeting of the Energy and Power Department Khyber Pakhtunkhwa at his office on Tuesday. The chief minister said that necessary measures would be taken to address the issue of energy crisis in the province and all available resources would be utilised for the purpose.

The meeting discussed in detail various matters related to hydel and thermal power projects and oil refineries in the province. Khattak said that energy crisis had become a national issue of grave concern, which was a great impediment in the way of industrial and economic growth of the province. “Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is a very rich province in terms of hydel power potential and oil and gas resources which can be utilised to the optimum to revive the economy of province and provide employment opportunities to its people,” said the chief minister, adding that a comprehensive plan had been devised to this effect.

The chief minister was informed that the proposed oil refinery to be set up in Kohat would have a production capacity of 40,000 barrel per day.  He directed the authorities concerned to take measures to get hydel power projects under federal PSDP approved from the federal government.

Meanwhile, talking to a delegation of PMAs from Swat, the chief minister said that people of the province had voted for change in the general elections and the newly elected provincial government had initiated measures to implement the agenda of change. “Corruption has ruined our society, commission culture prevails everywhere, bribery is rampant in every field and people are fed up with traditional Thana and Patwari culture,” lamented the chief minister, adding that all this needs to be changed and the present provincial government was committed to bring about change and give relief to the public. He ensured that such a system would be introduced in the province in which the problems and issues of people would be resolved at their doorsteps. He said that instructions had been issued to authorities concerned to regularly check markets and bazaars to stop business of spurious drugs and adulteration and to issue clearance certificates to shopkeepers to ensure that nothing substandard was sold out to public.

On the demand of delegation, the chief minister directed the quarters concerned to have a provision for residential accommodations for staff while reconstructing the buildings of basic health units destroyed by terrorists in Swat. He also directed the authorities of Communication and Works Department to expedite work on bridges and roads affected by recent floods.

 The chief minister made it clear once again that no political interference would be tolerated in the process of reforms, adding that provincial minister would have full powers in the affairs of their respective departments and at the same time they would be answerable regarding the performance of their departments.