LAHORE : Head of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf s policy and planning cell, Jahangir Khan Tareen, has suggested concrete policy solutions to deal with the ongoing power crisis in the country which has paralyzed the entire nation.
Addressing a press conference here on Saturday, PTI leader said that 210MMCFD gas should be diverted to power sector on urgent basis to curtail unprecedented load shedding. He also said that the government should increase liquidity to deal with the circular debt so that furnace oil is available to the power plants. Implementing these steps on urgent basis can increase power generation by 3000MW and reduce the future circular debt, he added.
He also said that power generation can be increased by 1000MW immediately by releasing water from Mangla and Tarbela dams and the water would not be wasted as it was required for sowing of Kharif crop in both Sindh and Punjab.
Jahangir Tareen also proposed medium term solutions which include bringing down line losses from 20% to 10%, increasing collection to 95 percent and convert 4500MW from furnace oil to coal. Undertaking the proposed solutions will enable the government to save 475billion rupees every year he said.
Criticizing the PPP government, he said that the government has doubled the tariff in the last four years and spent 1 trillion rupees in subsidy but the situation has continued to deteriorate. Circular debt has swelled to 450 billion rupees and load shedding has become unbearable, he added.
He stated that PTI was deeply concerned for the people of Pakistan and has offered the government to implement proposed solutions to deal with the crisis.