Qaim to take up gas closure issue with PM Nawaz today
KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah has said that he has spoken to Finance Minister Ishaq Dar for provision of smooth and regular gas supply to all the seven industrial areas of the province, and added that he would also take up this issue with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif today (Friday).
He said this while presiding over a meeting of the SITE Association of Industry at the CM’s House on Thursday.
Leading industrialist Zubair Motiwala proposed that collection rights of the property tax from the SITE area be given to SITE Limited so that the same could be used for development of infrastructure. Responding to the proposal, the chief minister said that under the law only the Excise and Taxation Department was competent to collect property tax. “However, we are exploring the ways and means to hand over the collected amount to SITE Limited for development of the infrastructure of SITE area,” he said, and directed Industries Secretary Shazia to float a summary for the purpose.
Zubair Motiwala said that the federal government had started operating Jamshoro and Kotri power plants by providing them 113MMCF and 40MMCF gas, respectively, from the share of Sindh but electricity generated from both the plants was being taken by Punjab.
The chief minister told them that he had talked to Ishaq Dar and he assured that the grievances of Sindh would be addressed as soon as the federal petroleum minister returns from abroad. “However, Dar assured me that there would be no gas closure in Sindh,” the chief minister said, and added, “I would not stop here but would take up this issue with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif who is coming on Friday (today) and I am sure he would resolve it. Otherwise, other avenues are open,” he said.
Talking about their (SITE Association’s) issues with K-Electric, the chief minister assured them that after budget he would sit with them once again and get their problems solved with K-Electric.
Responding to the issue of water shortage in the SITE Limited area, the chief minister directed Karachi Commissioner Shoaib Siddiqi to implement the decision he had taken in his previous meeting. “I had asked you to manage five to seven MGD water for SITE and why it has not been implemented so far?” he asked, and directed him to hold a meeting with the KWSB and get it implemented.
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