KARACHI: Sindh Minister for Energy Imtiaz Ahmed Sheikh on Thursday appealed to Prime Minister Imran Khan to give permission to several projects of Sindh pending with the Federation for creating power and energy so that power crisis in the country could be resolved.
The country is facing a serious power crisis, particularly in Sindh, whereas Karachi’s citizens are facing long hours load shedding, he said while addressing a press conference at his office.
The energy minister said, “There are several corridors in Sindh which could provide cheap power and energy, but the Center is ignoring all these power projects presented by Sindh a long time ago. The federal government is creating hurdles in the projects which can generate power on cheap rates. If permission is not given by the federal government for these power and energy projects, we would move the court that can be a problem for the Center.”
He said Sindh had full capacity to generate solar power energy, while its liquid gas and coal reserves could generate a huge quantity of power, but the Center is creating hurdles.
He said it is very unfortunate that Sindh was never taken on board while framing energy policy. Imtiaz asked as to why Sindh was ignored. He said that 4000 megawatts energy could be produced in Sindh through solar power and coal reserves.
The minister apprised that about 99 per cent of coal reserves in the country are in Sindh and 38 per cent of oil is produced in Sindh, despite which Sindh is being given a step-motherly treatment.
Sheikh apprised that with the help of World Bank, they were providing solar power energy to schools and hospitals in Sindh which is far cheaper than K-Electric.
He demanded that Sindh be given immediate permission to launch these projects of power so that energy crisis could be eliminated. On this occasion, Press Information Director Zeenat Jahan was also present.