Gas outages to end by mid-March, says prime minister


ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Thursday announced that gas load shedding would end by the mid of March, adding that 1,100 megawatts (MW) of electricity were in the pipeline which would be inducted in the main system in the near future.
Talking to a delegation of the Federation of the Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI), the prime minister said the government had already inducted more than 1,700 megawatts of additional electricity since coming into power in March 2008, while work on long-term projects for power generation was underway to resolve the power crisis.
He said the private sector was the engine of growth in the country and the government would play the role of a facilitator for promotion of business activity. He thanked the delegation for expressing their willingness and support on the reformed general sales tax.