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Due to wrong planning, power projects became big scams: Aleem Khan.

LAHORE -- Senior Minister Punjab Abdul Aleem Khan has said that due to wrong planning, many power projects in Punjab have turned to be big scams and they not producing desired quantity of electricity.

He added that there was a lot of work had to be done in the right direction and the Energy Department should come forward with short and long term planning to resolve the present issues.

He expressed these views while presiding over a high level meeting of Energy Department, while Provincial Minister Dr Akhter Malik and Secretary Energy Aamir Jaan were also present.

Senior Minister said that circular debt, over payments and incomplete projects were the core problems which were badly affecting the production side and these ill projects were not as useful as they were being expected.

Abdul Aleem Khan said that thermal, coal and solar projects had a bigger cost and they had outdated machinery and bank issues as well even payment to Sui Gas Department was in pending.

He said that all those sectors where commission was not expected were left unattended by the last regime and now these projects were in doldrums for which present government would have to take steps on war footing basis and resolve the issues.

Abdul Aleem Khan expressed astonishment on it that how the last Chief Minister announced his responsibility for the provision of electricity only up to the midnight of his last day of the government.

He said that after spending heavy amounts such volume of the electricity was not available which affecting our industry mainly and which also interlink with the jobs and employment in the society.

Senior Minister directed Energy Department to take immediate steps for the completion for Bhikhi Projects and make it functional at the earliest.

He said that salaries were not the problems but corruption and looting the money would not be tolerated. Abdul Aleem Khan said that all the issues relating to the Punjab government would be presented to Chief Minister as well and the best efforts would be made to steer the province out of crisis.

In the meeting, Minister Energy Dr Akhter Malik said that before starting the next summer season we have to complete gigantic work.

He told that unfortunately just to benefit a big person's LNG business, pace of work remained slow on the power projects.

He said that in Energy Department there were also a number of problems and special steps were being taken to resolve the situation.

Secretary Energy Aamir Jaan gave a detailed briefing in view of the existing projects in power sector in Punjab and also suggested their solution.

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Publication:The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)
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Date:Oct 24, 2018
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