ISLAMABAD: Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar ul Haq Kakar has asked the power sector to take immediate action against electricity defaulters in collaboration with the provinces and law enforcement agencies.

A review meeting of the power sector was presided over by the caretaker prime minister which was attended by Federal Minister for Power, Muhammad Ali, Adviser to the Prime Minister, Ahad Khan Cheema and senior officials concerned.

The caretaker premier was given a detailed briefing on the electricity sector, the overall production capacity of electricity, production and delivery throughout the year and the energy mix used for it.

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The meeting was also briefed on the losses of the electricity system across the country and about less recovery and figures of losses in collections of distribution companies and theft were also presented.

The meeting was also informed about the progress on the establishment of the electricity energy market in the country.

The meeting was further briefed that the establishment of the energy market will effectively increase the capacity and efficiency of the electricity sector, which will benefit twenty-seven million domestic consumers.

The prime minister directed that immediate action should be undertaken against those involved in electricity theft, report on the progress should be submitted on a daily basis, besides effective measures should be taken to reduce the losses of the distribution companies.

He also sought a comprehensive plan for the implementation of the transformer metering project.

He also stated that a plan should be prepared for small hydel projects under the guidance of experts and submitted. Such projects will not only generate low-cost electricity but will also help in reducing the harmful effects of climate change.

The premier added that local coal should be preferred instead of expensive imported coal in coal power generation projects and work on the construction of 2,400 MW solar power projects should be started as soon as possible and transparency should be ensured in the entire process. The government will take all possible steps to reduce the circular debt of the power sector.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2023

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Pakman Sep 05, 2023 07:28am
This interim Govt should be discussing elections, with the public and the generals.
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Arshad Sep 05, 2023 10:48am
Election Please !
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Shahid Khan Sep 05, 2023 10:57am
Clock is ticking and we demand nothing but an election? Free and fair
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Fazeel Siddiqui (Overseas Pakistani) Sep 05, 2023 12:17pm
BR has prestige over other news outlets, please mention "Caretaker" in headings too, to make him feel he should focus on his job, other things military formation commanders are already taking care.
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Love Your Country Sep 05, 2023 01:17pm
Publish a full list of unpaid bills, amounts, duration and names and who gets freebies
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zaya zaya Sep 05, 2023 02:41pm
Current Secretary Mr. Langrial is main person responsible for current energy scenario. He constructed 4× 1240 MW = 5000 MW of LNG based electricity projects in 2015-18 that are generating electricity at Rs.55/ Kwh today. He has stopped approval of cheap (Rs 12/Kwh) wind & solar electricity projects, thus causing billions of $ loss to economy.
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