Islamabad (November 7, 2017): A meeting to review power generation and demand supply situation in the country was held in Islamabad on Tuesday with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in the chair.
The Prime Minister was briefed over the recent power outage that affected South Punjab, Upper Sindh and few other places of the country.
It was informed that early advent of smog, which is unprecedented and is likely to continue due to dry spell, resulted in tripping of transmission lines.
The meeting was informed that acute water shortage also contributed towards reduced hydel generation.The Prime Minister was informed that efforts are afoot to meet the challenge arising out of smog and weather conditions in the country.
The prime minister underscored the need for greater coordination among relevant departments and for advance planning to meet any emergent situation.
Shahid Khaqan Abbasi emphasized upon the need for early finalization of the plan in order to save huge losses which were being incurred by the provincial and the federal government while footing electricity bills and non-payment of dues on tube-well connections.
He directed AEDB to develop a concept paper on urgent basis.
He also emphasized need for long-term power sector program, with clear targets for induction of power from various sources.