ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister, Mian Nawaz Sharif has directed to acquire the land for Diamer-Bhasha dam by the end of July this year to start this project of immense national importance. He was chairing the 14th meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Energy in Islamabad here on Friday.
Secretary water and power gave a detailed presentation on load management and recoveries. The cabinet committee was informed that this year average load-shedding in urban areas has been at six hours and eight hours in rural areas with the exception of those areas where recoveries are too less.
Average load-shedding on industrial feeders this year has been four hours.
PM directed the concerned authorities to take tangible steps to control power theft while speeding up recoveries. He also directed the concerned ministries to look into the possibility of increased gas supply to Guddu Power Plants that would add more than 700 MW of electricity by October this year.
Secretary Water and Power informed the prime minister about installation of subsidized tube-wells in Balochistan. He also briefed the meeting on access of solar power in rural Balochistan.
Minister for Petroleum, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi briefed the meeting on the progress on LNG based power plants. The Prime Minister gave approval of converting power plants running on diesel and furnace oil to LNG.
Chairman WAPDA updated the meeting on matters related to Diamer-Bhasha dam. PM directed the Chairman WAPDA to present complete project proposal with timelines in the next meeting of Cabinet Committee on Energy.
The Prime Minister ordered for forming a parliamentary committee to hold an inquiry into suspected irregularities committed in purchase of land for Diamer-Bhasha project.