8 power plants to come on line soon

Islamabad: Despite injecting a huge sum of Rs 120 billion by the government the circular debt has started mounting again due to non-payment of electricity bills by certain departments, Federal Minister for Water and Power Syed Naveed Qamar said here on Thursday.

Talking to newsmen he said that power distribution companies all over the country have been asked to disconnect supply of all defaulter institutions. These companies have issued notices to various public and private sector departments to clear their dues to avoid power supply disconnection.

The minister said that efforts were being made to reduce duration of power load-shedding and eight to nine different projects would come in the national grid system soon as some of these projects were on test running.

Asked about the closure of Chashma power plant, Mr Qamar said that Chashma-II, which went out of order due to some technical fault, would restart functioning in a few days to supply 300MW to the national grid system.

Commenting on the affairs of Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC), the minister stated that the KESC administration has been asked to resolve the crisis which emerged due to strike of the employees.

Placing 4,000 employees in the surplus pool by KESC administration is at the heart of the current crisis but the privatisation does not mean that the company remains oblivious to the people needs, he asserted.

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