Provincial Minister Sindh for Energy Imtiaz Ahmde Shaikh said that Sindh holds the key of Pakistan’s energy crisis, project of 330 MW would be inaugurated in January next year. He was addressing to a gathering of Industrialists at Korangi Association of Trade & Industry (KATI) on Tuesday.
Patron in Chief of KATI SM Muneer, President Danish Khan, Chairman & CEO KITE Zubair Chhaya, Senior Vice President Faraz ur Rehman, Vice President Maheen Salman, Former Presidents of KATI Gulzar Feroz, Farhan ur Rehman, Akbar Farooqi, Ehtasham Udding and others welcomed the minister at KATI.
The minister told that 60 purposed power projects by Sindh government were pending at federal government since years and not any further development made till now. He said that Sindh shares 70 pc of Pakistan gas production but still doesn’t get its due share under the article 152 of the constitution. Mr. Shaikh said that Thar is rich of natural energy resources and if federal government would give due attention and resolve provincial concerns regarding energy sector, Pakistan could easily become independent for his energy needs. The minister said that wind energy corridor has potential of more than 50 thousand MW energy generation and Sindh government is trying its best to actualize the potential. He also mentioned that there is not any representation of Sindh in OGRA, CPPA and NDTC while only one member represents the province in NEPRA. Imtiaz Shaikh urged the PM Khan to resolve Sindh concerns over gas distribution while industry could face sever issues due this crisis. He also invited business community for investments in energy sector especially in Thar and Wind Corridor.
Prior to this Patron-in-Chief of KATI SM Muneer said that this a matter of concern that despite stability in law & order situation, not a single large industry established in Sindh since a decade. Muneer said that Sindh could flourish as an industrial backbone of the country. President KATI Danish Khan said that zero rate facility shouldn’t confine to only five sectors; Rice, Seafood, IT, fruits and vegetable and Agro industries need to be consider for the facility. He urged the Federal government to provide due share of gas to Sindh. He said industry cannot afford gas load shading. He also of the view that higher energy tariffs were one of the major reasons of declining exports. Chairman & CEO KITE Zubair Chhaya also urged the minister to facilitate business sector for investment opportunities in energy sector.
Photo Caption: Patron-in-Chief KATI SM Muneer and President Danish Khan presenting KATI’s Shield to Provincial Minister Sindh for Energy Imtiaz Ahmde Shaikh. At this occasion Zubair Chhaya, Gulzar Firoz, Ehtesham Uddin, Faraz-ur-Rehman and Maheen Salman are also present.