Several projects in progress to enhance water storage capacity: NA told

Islamabad: The National Assembly was informed Wednesday that several small‚ medium and large multi-purpose projects are at different stages of execution to enhance capacity of water storage.

Minister of State for Water and Power‚ Abid Sher Ali told the House during question hour that work on Tarbela four-extension project has been started which will add 1420 megawatt of electricity to the national grid in the next three years.

Referring to the steps taken by the government to cope with the electricity crisis‚ the Minister of State said these steps have resulted in reducing load shedding duration from eighteen hour to six hours.

He said a system of smart metering is being introduced to check electricity pilferage.

Minister of State for Water and Power said the government is pursuing coal based projects including Gaddani and Jamshoro to provide cheap electricity to the consumers. He said NESPAK is preparing feasibility study of Gaddani Power Park which after commissioning will produce 6600 megawatt electricity.

He said twenty million tons of coal will be imported per annum for this project. He said that NEPRA is in the process of working out up front tariff of the coal based project.

Responding to a call attention notice moved by Imran Zafar Leghari about twenty two hours load shedding in Sindh province‚ Minister of State for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali said that only four to six hour load shedding is being carried out across the country.

He said load shedding is being carried out equally and those involved in electricity theft have been sent behind the bars. We are taking action according to the ordinance promulgated recently.

Minister of State for National Health Services‚ Saira Afzal Tarar told the House that the government is pursuing a plan to get registered all the medical instruments. She said a summary in this regard has been forwarded to the Ministry of Law for consideration.

She said the government has moved the Supreme Court against eighteen international companies who raised the prices of their medicines. She said that these companies have taken stay order from the court on prices of medicines.

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