Minister for Water and Power Raja Pervez Ashraf has said government will deliver its promise of bringing an end to the ongoing loadshedding in the next year, reported a private TV channel. The Government of Japan has handed over Nullah Leh flood forecasting and warning system equipment worth Rs 360 million to Pakistan Meteorological Department in a ceremony held in Islamabad on Monday. The system includes two rainfall gauging stations, two water level gauging station, a monitoring station and 10 warning posts with all the necessary modern facilities. Addressing the ceremony, Pervez Ashraf said the flood warning system would provide early and more accurate flood forecasts and warning which would reduce the damages to life and property in low lying areas in Rawalpindi. Later talking to the journalists, he said that the raise in power tariff has become inevitable due to the soaring oil prices. He said one couldn't shut eyes to the realities and therefore, the burden of rising oil prices would have to be transferred to the consumers. While increasing the power tariff, it will be ensured that no burden is shifted to the poor and middle class, he assured. It is national as well as global issue, he added. "We are confronting challenges and problems and will face the facts. We shall fulfill our promise to end loadshedding by the next year. We are opposed to unannounced loadshedding but where we should provide electricity from, when it was not available with us," he said. Loadshedding is observed in specific hours, he said adding that work was underway on rental and hydro power projects to overcome the shortage of electricity. To a question, he said consultation process was underway with the coalition partners on constitutional package. The matters would soon be settled, he hoped. APP adds: Pervez Ashraf said poor people would be compensated if the government increases electricity tariff. "Being a peoples government, it will be our utmost endeavour to give relief to poor segment of the society if electricity tariff increases, the minister said talking to journalists here. He said the government is affording additional charges of about 60 per cent on power generation due to increase in oil prices at international market which has to pass on, he added. He said steps are being taken to generate more electricity to overcome power shortage problem in the country and short-term and long-term strategies have been planned in this regard. He said the government is providing uninterrupted electric supply to textile industrial units while 10 to 12 hours smooth flow of power is also being supplied to tubewells. Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan Seiji Kojima said the flood warning system covers 60 per cent of the possible inundation areas and realises integrated warning operation. He said the Government of Japan and JICA started this year a new technical cooperation project focusing on improvement of the accurate flood-forecasting. He said the use of the flood warning system will also contribute to the public awareness among the residents to prepare for the evacuation procedure. He said Japan will make all efforts to help Pakistan in disaster management. The project covers around 7.5 square kilometers of the flood prone area and population of 150,000 will benefit by it. This will mitigate the damage caused by floods to the people residing on both sides of Leh and the national exchequer. Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) on the request of Government of Pakistan, carried out a Master Plan Study in 2001-2003 and Nullah Leh Flood Forecasting and Warning System was installed with the Grant Aid project from Government of Japan in 2006-2007.