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KP govt not interested in resolving energy crisis: PHC CJ

Chief Justice of Peshawar High Court (PHC) Dost Muhammad Khan observed on Wednesday that the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government was not interested in resolving the energy crisis in the province and play its role in removal of fuel adjustment charges from the monthly bills of consumers.

The chief justice made these observations in a writ petition of the Peshawar Electric Supply Company (Pesco) against various entities in the province. The chief justice said three writ petitions against imposition of the fuel adjustment charges in the monthly bills were pending in the high court. He said the court had issued several notices to the provincial government to submit a reply to it, but these were ignored for unknown reasons.

He said it was pointed out in 1997 that energy crisis in Pakistan would commence from 2006, but the rulers did not take serious steps for resolving this burning issue. About the hydel-generation potential in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the chief justice said feasibility report was carried out in 2001 about generation of 1,600 megawatts in the province, but no work was started on the hydel power projects.

He opined that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had the potential to generate four times more power than the consumption of the Pesco and Tesco consumers, but the rulers were taking no interest in it. “If the province has lack of resources, it can ask the foreign companies of Korea and China to invest in this important and profitable sector,” the chief justice observed.

Besides, he said, there was also potential of generating 1,200MW power in the southern districts of the province through windmills. The then prime minister Yusuf Raza Gilani, he said, had spent millions of rupees on the inauguration ceremony of the Diamer-Bhasha Dam but no work was started on the project. “On the inauguration day on October 18, 2011 the prime minister had described Diamer-Bhasha Dam as a lifeline for Pakistan’s economy,” he recalled.

The chief justice said judges were not interested in making headlines in the newspapers through their observations, but it was for the rulers to be alerted on the issues of public interest.

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