We are in talks with Iran to resume power supply in Makran division: Balochistan CM

Shopkeepers wait for customers during a power cut at a market in Quetta on July 26, 2009. Photo: AFP

The interim Balochistan chief minister has said that his government is in contact with Iran to resolve the power crisis in the Makran division. The area has been experiencing severe load-shedding for the past month and residents spend up to 18 hours a day without power.

Interim Balochistan Chief Minister Alauddin Marri said work to set up a 7.5 megawatt power plant in Gwadar is also underway. It will be completed with the help of China very soon, he added.

There has been no electricity in the Makran division, which comprises Gwadar, Turbat and Panjgur, for the past month. Residents have been experiencing 18 hours of load-shedding a day. The prolonged power outages have affected businesses in the area as well.

During a Senate session on July 13, Senator Ashok Kumar from the National Party said people in Gwadar had no water either.

He told the other senators that he found out that the government failed to pay its electricity bill to the Iranian government, which is why the Iranians cut off power supply.

Iran has supplied electricity to the division since September 2003, when Pakistan entered into an agreement with it. Iran supplied 35MW a day between 2003 and 2013. In former CM Dr Abdul Malik’s tenure, the amount was increased from 35MW to 100MW.