| GEO Business|
| Nepra okays 9.28 cents/unit for sugar industry|
| Updated at: 1912 PST, Monday, May 10, 2010|
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani on Monday expressed satisfaction on "visible improvement" in power supply situation and reiterated his government's resolve to mitigate load shedding in the shortest possible time.
He apprised the review meeting that Nepra has recently approved an up front tariff of 9.28 cents per unit for co-generation projects of the sugar industry.
He said that the sugar industry had indicated possible addition of 2000-3000 MW and invited the industry to come forward and upgrade their existing plants and make available maximum possible capacity to the national grid.
Addressing the review meeting on energy here at Prime Minister Secretariat, PM commended support and constant follow up by the chief ministers to implement the aggressive conservation measures taken at the last meeting to make the campaign a success. Gilani particularly thanked CM Punjab for assuming a lead role in the campaign in Punjab.
Gilani directed Ministries of Water & Power, Finance, Petroleum & Natural Resources and all provincial governments ensure that the measures are enforced.
The prime minister said according to his feedback unscheduled load shedding has almost been eliminated and there has also been some relief to the consumers in the scheduled load shedding.
He reiterated that industry and agriculture remain first priority of his government and the load shedding schedules where necessary were being enforced in consultation with the representatives of the chambers of commerce and industry.
The premier pointed out gaps in implementation in some areas and mentioned that markets and shopping centres in many cities continue to remain open after 8 pm and notified timings for marriage halls were not being enforced completely.
PM Gilani appealed to businessmen, traders and other segments of the society to come forward and extend their support for the conservation measures in the greater interest of the nation.