WAPDA in collaboration with Institute of Electrical Engineers (LEEP) Organised a Seminar on Power Conservation at Lahore on March 24, 1990. The Seminars was inaugurated by Begum Nusrat Bhutto. In her inaugural speech Begum Nusrat Bhutto under scored the need for strengthening electricity conservation measures in the country because even after augmenting production there would still be power shortage.
Begun Nusrat Bhutto pointed out that despite limited resources, 30 per cent of the national budget is set aside for electricity generation. That is why, she explained, the government has invited the private sector to help supplement power generation efforts. In this connection, she made particular mention of the oil-based 1200 megawatts Hub project in Balochistan. The project, showing the confidence of the private sector in the people's government. It will cost Rs. 23 billion and will be completed in 46 months.
Begun Nusrat Bhutto disclosed that in order to spread the message of conservation, the Prime Minister has ordered that all advertisements on television for saving electricity will be free. The minister emphasised the need for motivating the people.
Earlier welcoming the chief guest, Lt. Gen (Retd) Zahid Ali Akbar Khan, said that the per capita consumption of power in the country is around 24B kilowatt hour per annum. This present a dismal picture when compared with the United States of 10,000 KWH per capita, European countries on an average of 6,000 KWH and of developing-countries like Philippines, 530 KWH, Iran 700 KWH and South Korea 1272 KWH.
However, he added, Pakistan may, find some consolation in the fact that it has the highest per capita …