Chief Minister tells Chairman NEPRA: Balochistan most suitable region to produce energy thru alternative means

Jam Kamal says subsidy being given on agri tube wells big financial burden on provincial government; project being started soon to shift tube wells on solar; NEPRA chief assures to settle electricity issues

The Chief Minister, Jam Kamal Khan has stated that Balochistan is the most suitable region to produce energy through alternative resources.

He urged the investment companies to benefit fully from the opportunities of producing energy through the solar as well as using other resources.

The provincial government is also taking steps for promotion of production of solar energy in the province.

He also said that the project is being started to shift the agriculture tube wells on the solar energy soon.

He stressed that NEPRA, QESCO and K-Electric have to play their part for resolving the issues of electricity in the province.

The Chief Minister was speaking to the Chairman NEPRA, Tauseef H. Farooqui and K-Electric high ups during a meeting here at the CM’s secretariat on Wednesday.

The parliamentary secretary for Energy, Mobin Khilji, Secretary Energy, Shehryar Taj, Member NEPRA, Rehmat Baloch, Chief Operating Officer K-Electric were also present on the occasion.

The Chief Minister was informed about the proposed project of the Hub-Bela transmission line.

Addressing the meeting, Chief Minister said that the provincial government is ready for partnership with the companies making investment in the energy sector.

He said that the K-Electric could benefit by establishing the solar energy project in various areas of the province and by improving its electricity system in Lasbela.

He said that the Gaddani has the potential to become fourth sea port of the country. He said that government has prepared project of the special economic zone comprising some 5,000 acres of land to be set up for industrial development.

He said that the subsidy being given on the agriculture tube wells is a big burden on the government. He said that the government wants to lessen the financial burden by shifting the agriculture tube wells on the solar energy.

He pointed out that QESCO is also receiving the bills of those agriculture tube wells, which have already been dried up. While on the other hand, joint billing is also being done in some areas, he maintained.

On the occasion, Chairman NEPRA assured that the issues of electricity would be resolved in the province.