Annoyed over power breakdown, PM says won't tolerate such happenings in future

Annoyed over power breakdown, PM says won't tolerate such happenings in future


Annoyed over power breakdown, PM says won’t tolerate such happenings in future

ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) – Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Tuesday while expressing resentment over power breakdown directed to identify those responsible for causing trouble to the public and the business community.

He said this while presiding over a meeting of the federal cabinet. The cabinet ordered the authorities concerned for formulation of a comprehensive strategy to prevent the recurrence of prolonged power outages in the future and to do away with the factors causing it.

The cabinet also approved a nationwide public awareness drive on conservation of power, water, gas and other resources to make the people develop such habits.

The meeting also called for inclusion of the subject of best international practices on energy conservation in the educational curriculum.

It was told that energy conservation efforts at public, private, domestic and commercial level would help reduce the import bill of the petroleum products which had increased remarkably during last seven years.

Besides, the behavioral changes would also save billions of rupees of foreign exchange and reduce the electricity bills of individuals by 30 to 40 percent.

The prime minister, expressing annoyance over the widespread power breakdown on Monday, said the inconvenience caused to the people was unacceptable and would not tolerate such happenings in the future.

He called for fixing the responsibility of the power outage which had caused difficulties for the masses as well as the business community. He also instructed to identify the factors behind the power breakdown and take necessary measures to prevent its recurrence.

The cabinet meeting was told that committee formed by the prime minister in the power outage had started functioning which would furnish a comprehensive report after deliberating over all the factors.

The energy minister told the meeting that, as per initial report, the power supply tripped at 0734 hours on Monday, due to technical fault, voltage fluctuation and frequency disruption.

It was told that as per prime minister’s directives, all-out resources were used and power supply was restored in all main cities by 2200 hours.