Bilawal holds federal govt responsible for power crisis

KARACHI: Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has termed the present government responsible of power crisis, which gripped the country for several years.

Addressing the inaugural ceremony of power plant at Nooriabad Bilawal said that when people of Sindh staged protest over long load shedding the power minister called them thief.

He added that the Nooriabad power project was conceived by the then-president Asif Ali Zardari.

“It was first planned to set up the project on abandoned gas fields. But the federal government not only refused to hand over the abandoned gas fields to us, but at one stage was also reluctant to provide gas for the project,” he maintained.

The chief minister further said that when the project was nearing completion, Hyderabad Electric Supply Company (HESCO) had refused to buy power from it by “absurdly” saying that it had surplus electricity for the area it catered to.

“This is something that HESCO should be ashamed of,” he added.

Shah warned Hesco and the Sukkur Electricity Supply Company to improve their performance or expect action to be taken against them.

He said besides a major investment in the development of Thar Coalfield Block-II, the Sindh government had put in a great deal of effort for developing the Nooriabad power project on a public-private-partnership basis.

Nooriabad is about 85 km from Karachi and is connected to the city by a highway.

The chief minister said the 95-kilometre special purpose transmission line was also funded by the provincial government through the Sindh Transmission and Dispatch Company and completed at a cost of Rs2 billion.

Earlier, Bilawal Bhutto inaugurated power plant by pressing a button in the main control room.

On the occasion provincial ministers, Nisar Khuhro, Manzoor Wassan, Syed Nasir Shah, MPAs, MNAs and senior bureaucrats were also present.

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