The Senate standing committee on water and power criticized the government for not learning from previous mistakes and making the same mikstakes again. The committee’s chairman, Iqbal Zafar Jhagra, said that in 1986 thermal power plants were approved instead of coal plants which has resulted in energy crisis today. He said the present government is relying on imported gas and coal for energy projects, rather than utilizing local resources.
Mr. Iqbal said the government has signed a 15 year deal to import LNG gas. If the import price increases in the future, it’ll be a heavy burden on tax payers. He said the government is focused on setting up solar plants and wind energy, but that will not help end load-shedding. He said energy demand grows as the population grows, and the country’s economy improves, but the government has no vision how to overcome energy crisis and how to produce 10% electricity reserves.
The Water and Power minister and the secretary were absent from the meeting. The additional secretary attended the meeting and assured the committee that their concerns will be addressed and that the minister will be present in the next meeting.