LAHORE  - PIAF on Tuesday urged the government to initiate work on coal-based power plants to get rid of electricity shortages that have caused closures of a number of industries and rendered thousands of industrial workers jobless.PIAF Chairman Engineer Sohail Lashari said that the energy situation was worsening because no new mega hydel power project was completed so far, therefore, the govt should not only utilize all available sources to generate electricity but also arrange early payments to the IPPs. Lashari said the government  also exploit coal reserves worth trillions of dollars that can produce 100,000 MW electricity for 100 years, adding that Africa, Poland, India and China were producing huge quantity of electricity by coal but Pakistan is producing only one percent electricity through coal means.The coal-based electricity would also help curtail oil import bill as a major quantum of electricity being produced through thermal means. Lashari said the Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf has sufficient exposure to energy issues as he had been the minister for water and power for quite some time, and has the ability to tap other available resources of electricity generation.