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Updated: May 21, 2013 16:02 IST

New Pak govt may consider importing electricity from India

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In August, Indian and Pakistani experts agreed to conduct feasibility studies and identify points for the proposed import of electricity. File photo
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In August, Indian and Pakistani experts agreed to conduct feasibility studies and identify points for the proposed import of electricity. File photo

Pakistan’s new government will consider importing 1,000 MW of electricity from India as part of a short to medium-term strategy to end power outages, according to a media report on Tuesday.

The import of electricity from India, Iran and Central Asian Republics was feasible; The News quoted its sources as saying.

Nawaz Sharif’s PML-N party, set to form government after its victory in the May 11 polls, is considering various options to overcome the crippling energy crisis.

An Islamabad-based unnamed official of the World Bank confirmed that a feasibility study had been done for exploring the import of electricity from India.

The official said 1,000 MW could be imported from India within the next two years.

According to World Bank officials, electricity trade between Pakistan and India will be completed in the next two years, including conducting feasibility studies, pricing and building a transmission line.

India and Pakistan are working on energy cooperation though there is no energy-sharing mechanism in this region, the report said.

The previous Pakistan People’s Party-led government had decided in principle to import 500 MW of power from India.

In August, Indian and Pakistani experts agreed to conduct feasibility studies and identify points for the proposed import of electricity.

During a meeting in Islamabad, the experts had discussed proposals for electricity trade, including the building of a high voltage direct current link to transfer 500 MW from India.

The PML-N will also present a roadmap for eliminating circular debt, The News reported.

“The task force on energy has presented its recommendations, in which the upcoming minister and his team have been advised to end the circular debt at all costs,” said former Finance Minister Shaukat Tarin, a member of the task force.

The budget deficit might rise but the incoming government will have to take steps for strengthening the energy sector that has choked all economic activities, he said.

The energy crisis has damaged GDP growth over the past five years and average growth stood at 2.5 per cent of GDP on per annum basis.

The Planning Commission, which is preparing the salient features of next five-year plan, has estimated that GDP growth could touch the seven per cent mark in next five years because huge untapped potential exists in the economy.

I am upset on reading this news item. Even if it is in proposal stage it is condemnable, since exporting electricity to a hostile country, simultaneously denying the same to one of it's states (Tamil Nadu)is unheard of. I also read reports to the effect that India is exporting electricity to Nepal and Bangladesh. Congress will not get even a single seat in Tamil Nadu. That is a forgone conclusion. Now after this news reaches the public, they will lose their deposits also. What is more important, that even fair thinking citizen will lose faith in national unity.

from:  Ganesan
Posted on: May 22, 2013 at 13:25 IST

there's a say... Charity begins at Home... Let us improve our power infrastructure and power supply. Then we may look beyond our borders. Private players may take advantage of selling power outside if allowed saying that they are unable to sell power at right price within borders likewise they are doing with petroleum products

from:  Mahanthesh
Posted on: May 21, 2013 at 16:54 IST

In India we don't have enough electricity to illuminate our homes, run
the industries and are grappling with the frequent outages. Several
thousands to lakhs of villages are still not having electricity and
are suffering a lot. Even in the villages where electricity is
available, it is only for the night time, i.e. from 6.00 pm to 6.00
am. But, how can India think of providing power to Pakistan at the
cost of Indians who are feeling the pinch of the power outages.
First, India has to produce power which can be sufficient to the
Indians and then think of importing power to Pakistan or any other
country. Southern states which are not connected to the grid are most
suffered states as these states cannot draw excess/required power
available in the grid. Reading in newspaper that the grid connecting
works to the southern states are going on in full swing and will be
over by the first quarter of the next year. India has to give utmost
importance to this one.

from:  Bhaskar
Posted on: May 21, 2013 at 16:47 IST

It is Ironic and ridiculous if India exports electricity. There are so many states suffering from Acute Power shortage in India. Look after your own house first before helping others.

from:  Suresh
Posted on: May 21, 2013 at 16:16 IST

Is this a joke or what? We the citizen of India face on a regular basis
power out(r)age and why are we taking these steps to export the same to
Pakistan? In a out of mind and topsy-turvy World of politics, a beggar
can be be a generous donor, I suppose!

from:  Raman
Posted on: May 21, 2013 at 16:07 IST
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