Gilgit-Baltistan: GB Government failed to submit its response to Ministry of Water & Power

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ISLAMABAD: The Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the Cabinet will discuss the technical merits of electricity generation through independent power projects of less than 50MW, shows a summary of the Ministry of Water and Power.

The summary seeks approval of the ECC to the “policy guidelines for power generation capacity through small independent power producers (SIPPs) with capacity below 50 MW”, says the agenda of the meeting, to be chaired by minister for finance.

If the government approves the policy guidelines for SIPPs, it will be a renunciation of the previous power policy, said a power sector expert.

The governments of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) and Sindh have objected to the summary while the governments of Gilgit-Baltistan and Punjab have failed to reply to the summary.

The KPK government said the summary should be placed before the Council of Common Interest (CCI) rather than the ECC which lacks provincial representation.

The ministry of water and power is of the view that the summary was cleared by the law, justice and parliamentary affairs division without any reservation on this account.

Citing Article 157 of the Constitution, the government of Sindh said the guideline given for SIPPs deviated from the true spirit of the Constitution.

The ministry replied that the concerned province would have the ‘first right of refusal’ to develop these projects.

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