PM apprised getting rid of power cuts not possible
Energy ministry says Rs80 billion required to run power plants at full capacity
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It has become a herculean task to end loadshedding from the country as the energy ministry finds it extremely hard to eliminate power cuts in the face of expensive fuel and paucity of funds, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Wednesday.
The ministry has apprised Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif of the major stumbling blocks in the way to end loadshedding from across the country. The ministry was of the view that costly fuel and shortage of funds were major reasons that were thwarting its efforts to abolish power cuts.
However, the prime minister instructed the ministry to adopt a reasonable and bearable load management plan till the arrival of a package from the friendly countries.
PM Shehbaz has entrusted the task to make agreements on new conditions to PML-N leader and former premier Shahid Khaqan Abbasi for additional LNG from Qatar.
The power division authorities were of the view that continuing partial loadshedding for two months was in the interest of both public and national exchequer.
They said that in order to run government and private power plants at their full capacity, the ministry needed Rs80 billion.
They warned that if the country kept on producing electricity with the help of expensive furnace oil and LNG, then every month the electricity rate would go up.
They opined that by producing less electricity, the country could save billions and power tariff would not be hiked either.
Reporter: Awais Kiyani