5pc of power will be generated by 2030 through alternative sources
Load-shedding will end by year’s end
ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly was Friday told that windmills would be introduced for energy generation by the end of August for the first time in the country’s history.
Water and Power Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf said this while responding to a question during Question Hour, calling it a gift for the nation. The project is being introduced with the cooperation of a Turkish company and almost all work has been done in this regard, he added.Ashraf said though the energy conservation plan was not being implemented 100 percent, about 500 megawatts of electricity had been saved. He said the government had set a target of 5 percent of electricity generation by 2030 from alternative energy sources through the Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB).
To a question raised by Riaz Pirzada about the delay in the Council of Common Interests (CCI) meeting, Ashraf said the previous government ignored the council by not holding its meetings. He said the coalition government was working on all necessary issues.
He slammed the previous government for its failure to overcome the energy crisis and claimed the new government would be able to end load-shedding by the end of this year.
“The government is emphasising energy conservation by making more efficient use of electricity,” he added. He said ornamental lighting was being discouraged at weddings and daylight saving plan had been adopted by advancing clocks and closure of commercial centres at 9pm, Ashraf maintained.
He said all public sector offices including the Prime Minister’s Secretariat kept air conditioners off from 8 to 11am while alternate electric poles were being lit in the streets.
To another question, the cabinet in-charge minister in a written reply said 4,500 complaints had been received from January 2005 till June 2008 against cellular companies. He said 1,482 complaints against Mobilink, 112 against Ufone, 648 against Telenor, 793 against Warid while 464 against CM Pak 464 were received during this period and 99.5 percent of complaints had be addressed..
He said the PTA had reported 84,352 complaints of mobile-phone theft during the period of six months (January 2008-30th June 2008).
National Assembly Speaker Fahmida Mirza asked the MNAs to avoid asking more than two supplementary questions during the hour. She advised the MNAs to avoid chatting and discussing matters with each other keeping in view decorum of the house.
Source: The Post, 16/8/2008