NATIONAL

NA Session

The National Assembly has been informed today renewable energy policy is being framed to exploit the potential of this important source in electricity generation.

Minister for Power Omar Ayub Khan told the house during question hour that the policy will be unveiled by March 2019. He said several technical studies are also underway to increase the integration of wind and solar energy in the national grid.

The Federal Minister said twenty one power generation projects based on indigenous Thar coal and hydro are under process to produce affordable electricity in the country. These projects will help generate eleven thousand megawatt of electricity.

Omar Ayub Khan said no electricity load shedding is being carried out in the country as there is no shortfall of generation.

He said task forces have been established in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to check electricity theft.

He said eight thousand firs have so far been registered against those involved in power theft. He said we are also installing aerial bundled cables in high loss areas to avoid direct hooking in electricity wires.

Omar Ayub Khan said twenty seven percent of the population is not connected to the national grid. He said off grid solutions are being considered in order to provide electricity to such population.

Responding to a calling attention notice, Minister of State for Communications Murad Saeed said Gojra-Shorkot and Abdul Hakeem-Lahore Motorway sections will be opened for traffic in the next two weeks.

He said Multan-Sukkur section of motorway will be completed before time whilst we are also planning to start construction work on Sukkur-Hyderabad section on BOT basis.

The opposition members insisted on bringing about the production orders of MNA Saad Rafique who is under nab custody for interrogation at the orders of Lahore High Court.

The Infromation Minister Chaudhry Fawad responded to the point raised by the opposition and stressed that NAB is an independent institution and free to proceed against anyone irrespective of their political affiliation.

Former Prime Minister and MNA Shahid Khakkan Abbasi said that he was not against corruption interrogation but it should be across board.