KARACHI - The country is going to face another crisis in the shape of gas shortage as its reserves will expire in 2012 and if government does not take any measure on war footing basis, the entire country will plunge into chaos and insurgency, said Qazi Nisar Ahmed Chairman Qismat Power Energy (Pvt) while addressing a press conference at the Karachi Press Club. He said that Karachi Electric Supply Corporation (KESC) is facing 600 to 700 MW shortage for the last several years and after the privatisation management didn't take any initiative to increase the electricity generation nor showed any interest to invest for the installation of new power plants to fulfil the growing needs of the Karachiites. He said that neither previous nor present government is taking serious measures to solve the energy crisis as it has not, so far, sign an agreement with any company for power plant. He added that judicial crisis is not the real issue of people because country has been suffering from food, power, gas and wheat crises. Nisar further said that several other cities in the country are suffering from acute shortage of electricity as Lahore facing 1,000MW, Multan 1,500MW, Faisalabad 1,200MW and Karachi 1,200MW besides other country including Peshawar, Rawalpindi, Gujraat, Gujaranwala and other areas. He said that he had proposed to the government to provide 272MW in eight years while 1,100MW each year would be added through the installation of power plants in Lahore, Faisalabad, Multan, Hyderabad and Karachi. Qazi Nisar said "We have proposed KESC to install 1264MW power units comprising on 186MW Combined Cycle Power Plant in only 24 months and also to provide electricity on cheap rates (6.50 per unit) but KESC management since last 9 months is not taking interest for signing the agreement". He said that his company is going to introduce modern Gas/LPG/Steam turbine import from Ukraine and Russia and has demanded KESC to provide land, building and storage tank within the premises of Korangi and SITE area Power Stations. He said that within the period of 2 years his company could provide KESC 1400 MW from the already existed units of in Korangi and SITE which have closed due to poor maintenance. He also added that during the last two year after privatisation of KESC not a single unit was added to the generation while former and current management had made many tall claims of 560 and 220MW power plants. He informed that total shortage of electricity of the country has reached up to 6272 MW and business community along with common people were suffering while government compelled to purchase electricity on high rates to the IPPs. He proposed that government should construct new dams for the cheap electricity, which would not only reduce the burden of common people but also strengthening the economy. He said that Gas reservoir of the country also reducing rapidly and in 2012 Pakistan would indulge in deep gas crisis if it would not launch the Iran gas pipeline project early. He further proposed the government to strengthen relation with Russia and make agreement, which would be in the benefit of the country and it would also curb the influence of USA. He added that USA was creating hurdles in Iran-Pakistan-India Gas Pipeline Project. He further said that Qismat Power Energy is going to start a joint venture with its Russian-Ukraine counterpart, which is inclined to form a consortium to accommodate the pipeline project looking into the perspective of providing financial and technical assistance in undertaking the construction work of the said project. He further alleged that due to the wrong policies and corruption of former Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz, the whole country was suffering from shortage of wheat, food, water and electricity. He also demanded the government to review the privatisation of KESC if it wants to save the country.