Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani Thursday said the government was undertaking long and short term measures to address its energy needs and has permitted the provinces to build their own power houses, to meet the shortfall. Addressing a large public gathering here after laying the ground breaking ceremony of over Rs 1.5 billion Khushhal Garh Bridge to connect Punjab with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa over River Indus, Gilani appreciated the announcement of a hydel power project by the provincial government. The Prime Minister acknowledged the shortage of power in the country and said effective measures were being taken to address the issue. He said the federation has asked the provinces to set up power generating units on their own and expressed the hope that it would help to overcome the growing power demand, besides creating employment.