Senate: Govt. taking steps to improve power production, Senate informed

Islamabad: The Senate was informed on Tuesday that the government is taking a number of steps to improve power production in the country and to provide cheap electricity to the consumers.

Minister of State for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali told the House during the question hour that the government has signed five Memorandums of Understanding for development of coal based Independent Power Producers having cumulative capacity of 6600 megawatts.

The Minister said that the government has also planned to construct ten units each of 660 megawatts at Power Park Gaddani in Balochistan on imported coal and the work is underway in this regard. He said 20 percent local coal will also be used in this project.

He said the project would commence next year and expected to be completed by the end of 2018. He said after the payment of 503 billion rupees circular debts last year, the generation capacity has enhanced by 1700 megawatts.

To a question, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Shaikh Aftab said that the government has decided to restructure PIA and 26% of its shares will be privatized. He said due to government’s efforts PIA is taking off and new aeroplanes are being added in the fleet.

Two reports were presented in the House on Tuesday. The House will now meet tomorrow (Wednesday) at 4:00 in the afternoon.

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