ISLAMABAD
Resorting to blame game, Federal Minister Ahsan Iqbal squarely blamed the past governments for the power crisis in the country, making a tall claim that 10000MW will be added to the system by 2018.
Talking about the ongoing power crises in the country, Federal Minister Planning, Development & Reforms Ahsan Iqbal said that nation is experiencing it because of negligence of the past fifteen years. In a statement, the federal minister said that the current government making efforts to manage the power situation in the country before the completion of power projects. Besides the ad-hoc arrangements for the power generation, he said, the present government has initiated several long term power related projects and the crisis would be overcome when the projects are completed.
Ahsan Iqbal said that completion of power projects needs three to four years and hoped that the projects initiated by the present government in power sector would add 10,000 when these projects would be completed by 2018.
s Federal Minister for Commerce Engr Khurram Dastgir has said that two power plants of 2100MW would be set up in Karachi to overcome load-shedding and facilitate the masses in extensive heat wave.
Talking to a news channel, he said that the federal government as per an agreement, which had expired, had been providing 650MW electricity to K-Electric without any interruption. However, it was not the responsibility of the Centre, he added.
He said that the power consumption had increased to 21,000MW due to heat wave in the country. However, the government made efforts to enhance the power generation to 16000 from 14,000MW, which was appreciable.
The minister expressed deep grief and sorrow over the loss of lives in various parts of the country due to the heat wave. He urged the Sindh government to take measures to overcome energy crisis and provide relief to the citizens. The federal government, he added, was making hectic efforts for smooth transmission of power during the holy month of Ramazan.
To a question, Khurram Dastgir said the peace in Karachi had been restored due to the ongoing operation. Several local and international investors were investing in mega city which would help boost the national economy.