CPEC: Electricity supply to Makran division fully restored, says Pakistani Energy Minister

Islamabad: Pakistani Energy Minister Hammad Azhar has said power supply to Makran division – a hub of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) – had been fully restored.

Taking to Twitter, the minister expressed gratitude to Iran’s ambassador in Pakistan (Mohammad Ali Hosseini) for “promptly accepting my request and normalising the flow of electricity to the Makran division.”

He added”: “In the meanwhile we are also bringing forward the timelines of the project that seeks to connect these areas to the national grid,” he said.

In a previous tweet, the minister had said the Makran division faced the power outage because these were not reliant on the national grid but they got their electricity share from the Iranian grid.

“We have raised the issue with the neighbour government and have called on them to resolve the matter shortly”, he tweeted and added that the resolution to this problem is sought with Iran but all the while efforts are being put in to connect these areas to the national grid.

The realization of the plan requires laying the cable network across hundreds of miles which may be completed by two years, he said.

Earlier, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan had ordered to resolve the severe electricity crisis in Gwadar and Makran on priority basis.