ISLAMABAD, Nov 29 (APP): Prime Minister Muhamamd Nawaz Sharif
on Tuesday appreciating the good work by the officials of Ministry of Water and Power reiterated that reliance on costly fuel for power generation will be reduced a great deal by the end of tenure of the present government.

According to a PM House statement, he was chairing a meeting of Cabinet Committee on Energy and reviewed ongoing power projects including clean energy projects, coal fired power plants, hydel and LNG power plants that will add electricity to the national grid during the year 2017 and before
March 2018.

The meeting held here at PM House deliberated on the future
power generation projects to cater for the ever increasing energy
requirements of the country in the wake of increased economic
activities, massive infrastructure and industrial development across
the length and breadth of the country.

The status of work on establishment of new transmission lines
was also discussed at length in addition to streamlining the power
distribution system.

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The Prime Minister said the country was gripped by the
energy crisis when the present government came into power; today the
situation has changed significantly.

There is now zero load-shedding for the industrial sector and
load-shedding for the urban and rural areas has substantially and
gradually been reduced, the Prime Minister added.

Our holistic reforms in the energy sector and efforts for
generating additional power through diversifying the energy mix will
help in meeting the future energy requirements of the country,
the Prime Minister said.

The Prime Minister observed with satisfaction that these
endeavours of the present government have earned significant
recognition and acknowledgement on a wide scale the world over.
The Prime Minister added that the present government has
unprecedented edge to execute power generation projects having
capacity more than the power generation initiatives taken during the
last twenty years.

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The Prime Minister said that the focus of the present
government right from the first day was to resolve energy crisis in
the country and adding sufficient energy to the national grid.
He said the government was determined to provide cheaper
electricity to our people and expressed confidence that load-
shedding will be a reference of history.

The Prime Minister said the government will keep on exploring
new power generation projects on micro as well as mega level to
ensure sustained and uninterrupted electricity for our future
generations, a duty that previous government were unable to fulfil.
Earlier, Secretary Water and Power briefed the meeting that circular
debt has been capped, recoveries were satisfactory and line losses
have been minimized.

The meeting was informed that transmission and distribution
lines projects were on track. The bottlenecks were being removed in the distribution system to ensure uninterrupted supply of electricity to the consumers, he added.