Fuel adjustment charges to almost vanish from power bills next month: Dastgir

GUJRANWALA: The energy minister has heralded that the fuel adjustment charges (FAC) in the electricity bills will almost be vanished from next month and blamed the previous government of PTI for bloating power tariff.

Talking to media here on Sunday, Federal Energy Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan said that the previous Imran Khan-led government ruined country’s economy through its imprudent policies and people were bearing the brunt of its myopic economic vision.

He said that every inflated electricity bill bore the stamp of Imran Khan. He held that the former prime minister even sold the State Bank of Pakistan to the International Monetary Fund. He also demanded to know where the money collected in the previous regime for constructing a dam had gone.

He said the country was facing unprecedented floods and large-scale destruction while the PTI was spending billions on public rallies.

“If you have enough money to hold rallies, then you should spend this money on the rehabilitation of flood affectees,” he added.

He said that the PTI had staged a drama in the country. They have nothing to tell the people about the progress they had made in their four-year stint, the minister maintained.

He said had Imran been an able chief executive, he would have done something for the country. But it’s not the case, he said adding that the PTI chief was only good enough to level allegations against others. He lamented that the PTI was doing politics of threats and anarchy in the country.

He said that the coalition government had put its political repute at stake to save the country adding that the PTI could not be trusted as the resignations of its members were fake, its leader was a liar and they told lies every time.

“The true face of the PTI will be revealed in cases of Farah Gogi, Toshakhana, Malam Jabba and the BRT,” he maintained.

On destruction caused by the recent floods, the energy minister said that the electricity system was severely damaged during the recent deluges. He, however, said that the electricity had been restored in flood-hit areas. He informed that most of the damage was done to the electricity polls erected near the rivers.

Taking a swipe at PTI zeal for public rallies these days, the minister said it was time to help the flood affectees, and not the time to do politics.

All floods devastated grid stations restored

Federal Minister for Energy Khurram Dastgir Khan said on Sunday that power supply has fully been restored to all grid stations affected by catastrophic floods.

Addressing a news conference in Gujranwala on Sunday, Dastgir said the transmission system was badly damaged by the unprecedented floods, as power poles were washed away in some areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

While replying to a question regarding load shedding, the federal minister said that it has been controlled during summer by running all power plants in the country.

He said the oil and power prices are likely to decrease from next month which will also help to lower prices of other items.

The restoration work on damaged grid stations was underway on the orders of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif. The prime minister had been, round the clock, supervising the restoration and rehabilitation work on the flood-damaged infrastructure.

Earlier in the day, the PM took notice of the possible threat to a 500KV grid station in Dadu from the flood situation, directing for utilization of all resources to protect the power grid.

The prime minister directed the civil and military high-ups to immediately save the grid station from being affected by the flood. For the uninterrupted power supply, the protection of grid station was necessary, he added.

 

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