Published: Mon, April 23, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

CPEC, a futuristic project for upcoming generations: PM Abbasi

CPEC, a futuristic project for upcoming generations: PM Abbasi

The gas company will start supplying 130 mmcfd of gas to K-Electric today. Chances are that the load-shedding would be substantially reduced from tonight onwards, the sources added.

As a result of the standoff, the residents of the city continue to suffer from twin crises of electricity and water. Power Minister Awais Ahmad Khan Leghari categorically said that matters could not move forward on the issue of enhanced gas supply to KE without payment, or an agreement on mechanism for payment, of Rs 80 billion receivables. We will also ask Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to personally take notice of the situation and visit Karachi and hold talks with the stakeholders to find a permanent solution of the matter. How much K-Electric has to pay to SSGC would be ascertained in the next 15 days.

"The load-shedding in Karachi will end completely when 100 per cent of the bills are being paid", the prime minister said in response to a question.

Industrial areas are also being hit by 8 to 10-hour unscheduled load shedding.

He said that all updates of electricity load-shedding schedule and all related information were being provided at Roshan Pakistan Application prepared by the government.

He said the CPEC, which adheres to the vision of "a community of shared future for all humankind", has become the visible part of China's Belt and Road Initiative which will push for development through connectivity along ancient Silk Road trade routes.

On Thursday, officials of the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) briefed the National Assembly's Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat and held K-Electric responsible for the power cuts in Karachi.

Prime Minister said Afghanistan also realizes the benefits of CPEC for the region.

THERE appears to be no immediate solution in sight to the suffering of Karachites as the power outages in the country's financial hub is turning into a major pre-election issue between the federal and Sindh governments.

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