No gas load-shedding for domestic consumers, NA told

Islamabad: The National Assembly was assured Wednesday that there will be no gas load-shedding for the domestic consumers during this winter.

Parliamentary Secretary for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahzadi Umarzadi Tiwana told the House during question hour that domestic sector has been placed at the highest priority in terms of provision of gas.

To a question‚ she said gas supply to textile sector will be enhanced in the months of March and April next year depending upon the improvement in temperature.

When asked about the inauguration of TAPI gas pipeline project‚ the Parliamentary Secretary said that the selection of the consortium is currently in progress which will be responsible for implementation of the project including financing.

The target for first gas flow from this project is December 2017. She said that the gas price of the project has not yet been determined but assured that this will be cheaper then Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project.

Parliamentary Secretary for Cabinet Secretariat Raja Javed Ikhlas told the House that amendments are required in rules and regulations of Election Commission of Pakistan to introduce the electronic voting system in the country.

He said a committee is already working in legislation which will enable the EC to implement the electronic voting system in the next general elections.

Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Chaudhary Jaffar Iqbal told the House that delimitation of wards in all the cantonment boards except Ormara has been completed under the old act and the Supreme Court has allowed the Election Commission to hold the local government elections in the cantonment in February next year.

Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Resources Jam Kamal Khan said that direction has been issued to the Oil and Gas exploration companies to expedite the work of exploration in the allocated areas.

He said necessary action will be taken if the companies did not complete their work in due course of time. He said OGDCL was granted five and MOL one exploration leases during the last six months.

The Minister of State said that currently gas connections are not being given to the new housing schemes due to shortage of gas. However‚ this decision could be reviewed after improvement of gas supply.

Parliamentary Secretary for Communications Dr. Alam Dad Laleka told the House that the government plans to launch new projects of motorways‚ expressways and highways in the country in near future.

He said a 110 kilometer long expressway between Hasanabdal and Mansehra has been planned as a Greenfield project. In the first phase construction activities on Burhan and Havelian section will be taken up through Asian Development Bank financing.

He said a motorway will be constructed between Karachi and Lahore which will significantly reduce the travel time between the two cities.

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