ISLAMABAD The participants of two-day Energy Summit, including the four Chief Ministers, stressed the need for removing all the impediments in the way of optimal production of power sector and called upon the top management of the power sector to commission all their energies and resources to steer the country out of the prevailing electricity crisis. On the opening day of the conference, Punjab Chief Minister Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif came up with a nine-point formula including demand of equal distribution of power among the provinces, while Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Muhammad Aslam Khan Raisani stressing the need for opting other sources of power generation like wind, tidal waves, coal and thermal. On short-term measures he suggested the Government must consider electricity purchase from Iran, which would be of great help in bridging the mounting power deficit. Addressing on the inaugural session of the two-day conference presided over by Federal Minister for Water and Power Raja Pervaiz Ashraf here on Monday, the Punjab Chief Minister stressed the need for immediate as well as long-term measures such as construction of new water reservoirs for overcoming power shortage. The nine-point formula presented in the Chief Ministers conference on loadshedding in Islamabad envisaged equitable distribution of power among provinces, supply of electricity to industrial and agriculture sector on priority basis, complete ban on billboards, construction of Bhasha Dam, production of energy from coal, use of sugarcane trash (bagasse) for power generation, simplifying the official procedure for electricity generation projects in private sector, use of canal water for power generation as well as launching of a countrywide movement for energy conservation. He said that public money was wasted ruthlessly and human blood was shed callously in Musharraf era but criminal negligence was shown towards such vital projects as Bhasha Dam. He said that had Bhasha Dam been constructed, the nation would not have been facing the prevailing excruciating situation. He said that the people could rightly question what the government had done during the last two years to tackle energy crisis. He said that on one hand energy was not available, while on the other there were reports of a further raise in power tariff under the pressure of IMF, the burden of which would be shifted to the consumers. Terming the situation in Punjab as grave, he said that the province was meted out with totally unfair treatment regarding distribution of electricity. He said though he would be the last person to sound parochial but he would be forced to raise his voice if an unfair attitude was shown towards Punjab regarding loadshedding. He said that there was a need for sharing each others joys and sorrows and the same spirit should be shown on the issue of loadshedding as was displayed on NFC Award by the Federation and the provinces. He said that he was happy that loadshedding had not led to the closure of industries in Karachi, and Punjab should also be treated at par. He said that currently Faisalabad, Gujranwala and other industrial cities of Punjab were facing the worst kind of loadshedding due to which export orders are being cancelled. He said that agriculture and industrial sectors should be given preference regarding supply of power because relief could not be provided to the common man if these sectors were not operating in the top gear. He said if industrial and economic production was not maintained, the trade and export sectors would be adversely affected which would result in a setback to national economy. He said that two holidays in offices and educational institutions are not feasible and as far as reducing the timings of trade centres was concerned, the cooperation of the business community would be required. Moreover, uninterrupted supply of power will have to be ensured to the commercial centres during their working hours. The Chief Minister proposed a complete ban on billboards for power conservation. The Chief Minister further said that the joint meeting of Chief Ministers in Islamabad reflected the gravity of the situation. He said that it was incumbent upon the leadership to give good news to the people and redress their grievances otherwise a revolution would be inevitable. Expressing his views at the conference, Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Muhammad Aslam Khan Raisani called upon the top management of the power sector to do the doable things in order to bring the country and its people out of the present electricity crisis. Raisani said enough was enough and it was high time that all companies in the production and distribution of energy must perform under one authority for effective management and delivery system. He was of the opinion that no short-cut measures could overcome the present energy crisis citing the examples of closing the shops earlier or cutting the power supply to tube wells for agricultural purposes as futile efforts. Raisani put forward a few options that, what he believed, could provide a sustainable power supply to the people across the country, with special reference to meeting power needs in Balochistan. These included alternate energy sources such as wind, tidal waves, solar, coal and thermal. He also urged the policymakers to expedite agreements with the Government of Iran for getting electricity immediately. He also mentioned that he would soon lead a high-level delegation to visit Iran on the invitation of the Iranian Government to work out modalities for the supply of electricity through Iranian transmission system. Getting electricity through Iranian system must be our priority option, Raisani maintained and added, The people want quick relief and we must collectively shoulder the responsibility of rescuing the masses from this grave situation.