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Why can’t we?

The new government has started making efforts to solve the energy problem. The main problem that plagues the power sector is the circular debt of Rs537 billion and the reason for the accumulation of this massive debt is the import of oil for oil-guzzling power plants of the independent power producers. The government may be able to pay off the debt but it will accumulate again if the power plants continue to run on oil.

There is a need to convert these power plants to coal immediately. If we convert oil-run power plants to coal, it will save the national exchequer billions annually. The bill of our annual oil import – more than $15 billion currently – will decrease drastically. Our neighbour India produces more than two-thirds of its electricity from coal. If India can do it, why can’t we?

Air Cdre (r) Azfar A Khan

Rawalpindi

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