In an interview with a TV channel on Saturday he said that the duration of loadshedding can also be curtailed through averting dissipation of gas and electricity. Khawaja Asif said that some people burn a gas oven through match early in the morning and then do not bother to blow it out till night. Similarly, a bulb or a tubelight is switched on in the morning and remains switched on till evening, he added. This, he said, makes them to pay more bill and also contributes to additional loadshedding.
The minister said that there are feeders which fail to collect 97 per cent bills and over 40 companies are running in 45 per cent loss.
He said that a mechanism was being evolved to bridge gap between demand and supply of electricity in the country.
He deplored that power generation sector was totally ignored by the previous regimes due to which electricity crisis deepen. The Minister said the government was considering various plans for generating electricity and special attention will be accorded on short and long term projects.
‘Energy Saving’ drive would soon be initiated, he said and appealed to the electricity consumers that they should refrain from using excess electricity during peak hours and join hands for making energy saving drive a complete success.
Pakistan Muslim League-N on its behalf was trying its utmost to bring the country out of energy crisis but at this juncture the cooperation and support of the consumers had become vital, he said.
“We will be able in adding electricity to national grid in February and hopefully it will help further reducing the duration of load shedding in the country,” he claimed.
The government is also considering actively on alternative power generation projects in the country aimed at addressing the issue on top priority basis, he added.