PM Shehbaz orders to devise plan for producing cheap electricity

PM Shehbaz orders to devise plan for producing cheap electricity

PM Shehbaz orders to devise plan for producing cheap electricity
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ISLAMABAD: PM Shehbaz Sharif on Monday directed the authorities concerned to devise an effective system for producing cheap electricity to provide relief to domestic consumers and industries.

He gave these directions while chairing a meeting in Islamabad regarding improvement in the transportation of coal imported from Afghanistan.

The prime minister also directed the Ministry of Railways to take all necessary steps to ensure prompt delivery of coal imported from Afghanistan to power plants.

Shehbaz Sharif also passed direction for forming a committee of all concerned officials headed by Defence Minister Khawaja Asif to expedite the import process of coal.

Read more: Karachiites braving power outages up to 14 hours daily

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During the meeting, the prime minister was informed that the import bill of coal initially required for Sahiwal and Hub power plants from Afghanistan would save over 2.2 billion dollars annually in the import bill.

Expressing concern over rising price of coal in the international market, PM Shehbaz termed it as the main reason for the costly power generation from coal-based power plants in the country.

He also approved the import of high quality coal from Afghanistan in rupees instead of dollars to save the country’s precious foreign exchange. “This will not only generate cheap electricity but also help save the country’s precious foreign exchange,” he said.

The residents of Karachi are facing power cuts of up to 14 hours daily.

As per details, some of the areas of the mega city are experiencing electricity loadshedding of one and a half hours after every two hours. The sole electricity supplying company of Karachi, K-Electric has blamed low gas supply for the power outages.

Korangi, Landhi, Malir, Gulshan e Maimar, Gulishtan e Johar, Liaquatabad, New Karachi, North Karachi, PIB Colony, Baldia Town and Orangi Town are facing worst loadshedding.

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While, the areas exempted from loadshedding including Gulshan e Iqbal, Defence Housing Authority and North Nazimabad are also facing eight hours loadshedding.

The soaring power cuts have deepened miseries of Karachiites. As per details, different areas of the city were plunged into darkness for around 18 hours, on June 10.

 

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