The fanfare announcement of Punjab Chief Minister regarding the commissioning of 1000 mw capacity power plant at Shaikhupura will meet the same ill-fate as was the case of building power plants in Okara and other locations adding with regret nothing has happened on ground as these only exist in the vivid memory of the people, said Tanvir Ashraf Kaira, Secretary General PPP Central Punjab, in a statement issued from here today.
He argued that the people no more take him and his words seriously, and were of the view that the power generation by the Shaikhupura surreal power project would remain a far-fetched cry like the disaster of Nandipur Power project that had turned out to be a white elephant of appalling proportion.
He observed that the Punjab Government under the Chief Minister was on the trajectory of enrolling itself in the Guinness Book of Record for not fulfilling its promises made to the people in proving relief by narrowing down the gap between demand and supply of electricity in months. The unabated yawing gap between demand and supply of electricity speaks volumes of the government’s inaptness, indifference and mismanagement, he added.
He heralded in the past that he would control the load shedding of electricity within months not years and now merely contended with by holding out new commitments after the lapse of two years. Who will believe his words now after what had happened to his similar tall claims made earlier, he asked?
He forewarned the people that they should be prepared to brace the load shedding of electricity they had not experienced yet in the coming summer season because this government had not added a single mw of electricity in the national grid. The albatross of circular debt of more than 550 billions rupees is also choking the government to paralysis, he argued.
Tanvir Ashraf Kaira said that the people do consider the period of PPP previous government much better than this because the load shedding of electricity was less than what they were facing today. It seems that the government has given up because it is not seen doing anything to rectify the situation, he stated.
He pointed out that the people’s patience would run out during this summer and they would protest right across the country to take on the government and that might put its future in jeopardy.
He said that the PPP government added more than 3000 mw in the national grid and was actively pursuing the mega projects for power generation but no progress had been reported since then except the platitudes by the representatives of this government.