Power generation by private sector
ACCORDING to a recent report, the federal government is considering allowing provinces and private sectors to generate more than 50 MW without its approval.
However, at the same time, it has placed the condition that the distribution of electricity would be the responsibility of national transmission and distribution companies which came under its control and were owned by the federal government.
Whosoever has made this condition in the federal government’s energy policy is not interested in the welfare of the people and does not want the country to overcome the energy crisis.
I think if the provinces and private sectors are allowed to distribute electricity, then line losses, thefts, recovery from government departments, corruption in distribution cases, mismanagement and all other main causes of loadshedding will be solved.
I do not understand why the federal government is unable to comprehend monopoly as being one of the main causes of depriving consumers of their right of choice.
Only healthy competition and a free-market policy encourage foreign investors in the present global economy. Pakistan with a meltdown economy, unable to generate revenue to meet the government’s administrative expense, can have billions of dollars to invest in new energy generation projects.
During the last four years, the federal government has not been able to find money to solve the circular debts problems. How can it be believed that it would be able to invest in power-generation projects?