QUETTA: Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abudl Malik Baloch on Tuesday told the members of the provincial assembly that he would take up the issue of prolonged power load-shedding with the federal government.
The assembly session was held with Deputy Speaker Mir Abudl Quddoos Bezinjo in the chair.
Speaking on an adjournment motion moved about power outages, Pashtoonkhawa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) MPA Nasrullah Khan Zeeray said that Balochistan has been facing shortage of electricity. “Our demand for laying a new high transmission line via Dera Ismail Khan, Zhob and Quetta has not been met so far,” he said. He said that Quetta Electric Supply Company (QESCO) was not providing electricity to several villages. He demanded the Balochistan government hold talks with the federal minister for power about directing QESCO to reduce prolonged power load-shedding in Balochistan.
Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) MPA Prince Ali Ahmed said that the province has been facing shortage of water due to electricity load-shedding. People are getting frustrated due to prolonged power load-shedding, he said. He suggested launching solar energy projects to meet the energy demand of the province.
National Party (NP) MPA Haji Islam said that QESCO was not providing electricity for schemes of Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP). “QESCO has been carrying out daily 12-hour load-shedding in our areas, causing problems and difficulties for people,” he said. PML-N MPA Asim Kurd said that load-shedding had destroyed standing crops and gardens. Several areas of Balochistan are receiving electricity only for two hours a day, he said.
Responding to them, Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik said that he was going to Islamabad to take up the issue of prolonged power load-shedding with the federal government. “I will ask the federal government to make QESCO bound to implement its promises of not carrying out prolonged power load-shedding,” he said. Later, the house was prorogued.