The federal Minister for Water and Power Raja Pervaiz Ashraf had announced in the National Assembly on January 23, 2009 that a thermal power plant with gas turbines of 320 MW cumulative generating capacity would be operational by August 2009. These second-hand turbines, five in number with 16 MW capacity each and eight of 30 MW each had been gifted to the people of Pakistan by the government and people of UAE as a token of their support in the present power shortage in our country. Dismantling, packing and transporting of these turbines to the proposed site was also to be arranged by the UAE government free of cost. More than a year has passed since that announcement. Can the Minister explain the reason for delay?-HUSSAIN SIDDIQUI, Islamabad, May 3.