Karachi: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah directed three power companies of the province on Tuesday to electrify 1,179 villages for which Rs1.89bn have already been dedicated.
The Chief Minister Sindh ordered Minister of energy Imtiaz Shaikh to have a meeting with the relevant authorities of the HESCO, SEPCO and the KE so the villages that are still barred from electricity can acquire.
Government has already deposited the money for the electrification of the villages and notices have been issued.
“The provincial government has given Rs5.86bn to three power companies, Hyderabad Electric Supply Company (Hesco), Sukkur Electric Power Company (Sepco) and K-Electric for provision of electricity to 3,153 villages, of which 1,974 villages have been electrified against Rs3.66bn while 1,179 villages are yet to be electrified for which the Sindh government’s funds of Rs1.89 billion are lying with the power companies,” Murad Ali Shah mentioned while leading a meeting on villages electrification.
Beside Sindh energy minister, meeting was also attended by Principal Secretary to CM Sajid Jamal Abro, Secretary Energy Musadiq Khan, Special Secretary Finance Asif Jahangir, Member Development P&D Fatah Tunio and other related officials.
Energy Minister said that the provincial government had paid Rs 3124mn to Hesco to provide electricity to 1,600 villages and this amount was paid between 2012-13 to 2017-18.
He further told that HESCO still owes to government because the task is not completed yet and 730 villages are yet to be electrified, whereas the payment of Rs1.35bn for the task was lying with Hesco.
Shaikh also told that during last half decade Rs2.34 bn were paid to Sepco for electrification of 1,508 villages against which they electrified 1,062 villages for Rs1.49 bn and their task is not complete too and 446 villages are yet to be electrified.
“Similarly, the K-Electric has been given Rs400mn to electrify 45 villages for Rs318.646mn and they have electrified 42 villages and work on three villages is in progress,” he briefed the meeting.