ISLAMABAD: A meeting of Cabinet Committee on Fast Track Power Generation was held here today under the chairmanship of Federal Minister for Water and Power, Raja Pervez Ashraf. The meeting was attended by Federal Minister for Environment, Special Assistant to PM on Social Sector, Secretaries of Ministry of Water and Power, Environment and Petroleum & Natural Resources, Chairman, Wapda, Additional Secretary, M/O Water & Power, MD PPIB and senior officers of Ministry and PPIB.
The Minister observed that in order to achieve the objective of generating power on fast track, we have to work on war footing basis to accomplish the task in the minimum time. He directed all concerned quarters to give top priority to complete fast track power projects as early as possible.
The Committee meetings considered the proposals in depth in the light of the evaluation criteria approved by the Cabinet and the evaluation done by the such committee cleared three projects of 929 MW installed capacity as IPPs besides two rental plants of 436 MW capacity against a target of 1500 MW, authorized by the cabinet. The IPPs will come up on line before Dec.2009 and rental plants within next six to seven months and will submit to ECC in next meeting for approval.
The Minister once again directed PEPCO to avoid unscheduled load shedding and all DISCOs to ensure uninterrupted supply to the consumers on Sehri and Iftar as according to him the generation capacity has now been increased as compare to last year which would help minimize load management during month of Ramazan, he added.
He said that the present govt was striving hard to tackle the prevailing energy crisis in the country and the Ministry was working on war footing to get rid of this crisis in shortest possible time. He also appealed to the people to cooperate with the govt by ensuring judicious use of electricity and conservation measures.-SANA