FCA being deferred, not waived, clarifies govt


Minister for Power Engineer Khurram Dastgir Khan has clarified that the fuel charges adjustment (FCA) for consumers having up to 300 units has not been waived but deferred, which will be collected from October to March.

Addressing a news conference in Islamabad on Wednesday, he said that the government is trying to give relief to consumers who are in need, adding that the government is making policies keeping in mind the economic condition of the country.

Khurram said that the government had decided to optimally utilise indigenous sources of energy instead of relying on expensive imported fuel for the generation of electricity.

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“Shifting the entire electricity generation on indigenous sources will lessen the burden on the national exchequer and provide cheap electricity to consumers,” he added.

The minister said that the indigenous sources of energy in Pakistan are solar, wind, hydel, coal and nuclear which are not only cost-effective but also environment friendly.

He said that bidding of a 600-megawatt pilot solar project is being completed which will determine the cost of these projects and then through these sources, 11,000 megawatts of electricity will be added to the national grid in the coming years.

The federal minister also said that the government has also planned to initiate solar power projects in rural areas while it will also install solar systems in buildings and agricultural tube wells will also be solarised.

“Currently, the government is working on a number of power projects which will add 2,000 megawatts of electricity to the national grid by next year,” he added.

The minister further said that the 1,320 megawatt Shanghai Thar coal power project will be completed by the end of this year.

(With additional input from Radio Pakistan)





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