Lahore - State Minister for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali has said that government is pursuing long, medium and short term policies to reduce power loadshedding.

Talking at the LESCO headquarters on Thursday, he said, “Loadshedding had increased up to 18 hours a day during last five years and the current govt gave relief to the people by reducing it to 6 hours a day,” he said. He said government was taking various steps which would help provide electricity to consumers at affordable rates. He said that work on 747MW Guddu Power station had been accelerated that would start production by May 2014 while power supply from Nandipur Power station would also be included in national grid till the end of this year. To a question about Neelum Jehlum hydro power project, he said its first phase would start production till December 2015.

He said that government was fully committed to overcome power pilferage for which a massive operation had been launched in four distribution companies which would later be extended to other areas of country.