ISLAMABAD

Directing the concerned authorities to prepare a strategy for improved power supply to the people in coming summer Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif said that efforts must be geared up to produce energy at low cost to make it affordable for the common man.

He expressed these views while chairing the sixth meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Energy here at Prime Minster’s House on Monday, which reviewed progress and decisions taken during the previous meetings.

“Efforts must be geared up to produce energy at low cost to make it affordable for the common man, Prime Minister said. Electricity supply should be improved by the summer of 2015 to provide relief to the people, he added.

He said all hurdles in the way of speedy power generation should be overcome to provide maximum relief to the people, while dedicated efforts should be made to complete all planned projects within stipulated deadlines. He also welcomed international investment in energy sector.

The Prime Minister was given an overview of the power projects planned to be completed till 2021 and briefed on short, medium and long term power generation projects to be run on wind, solar, gas and hydel power.  

The Prime Minister said that keeping in view the urgency of this matter next meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Energy would be called during the current week.

The meeting was attended by Minister for Finance, Ishaq Dar; Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi; Minister for Water & Power, Khawaja Muhammad Asif; Minister of State for Petroleum, Jam Kamal; Minister of State for Water and Power, Abid Sher Ali; Advisor to PM on National Security, Sartaj Aziz; Special Assistant to PM on Foreign Affairs, Tariq Fatemi; Special Assistant to PM, Dr Musaddiq Malik and Pakistan’s Ambassador to China, Masood Khalid.