Grid station handed back to Behria Town

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Grid station handed back to Behria Town

LAHORE: A Joint Secretary of the Ministry of Water and Power told the Lahore High Court on Monday that it would take steps to return the management and control of a 132-KV grid station to the LESCO given to Behria Town Lahore in 2009.
He also claimed that 1400 megawatt electric power had been added to the power generation after increased gas supply t the national grid station.
This was stated by Zargham Shah, the joint secretary in the Lahore High Court hearing a petition against load-shedding.

The court also expressed dismay on unawareness of the law officer about an NDTC letter under which the control and management of the 132-KV grid station was handed over the Bahria Town in 2009. In the statement, the joint secretary explained that in addition to the tariff subsidy of Rs291billion, the national grid met late payment of the fuel price adjustment presently at Rs79billion, non-recovery by DISCOs at Rs36billion and other loses in the amount of Rs12billion.

The official was not in position to reply a court query that why non-recovery and total loses of Rs48billion, which are attributed to specific DISCOs, couldn’t be accounted and compensated on that basis for individual DISCOs by the federal government rather than being treated as loss suffered by the national grid, the LHC order said. As a result, the order added, the efficient DISCOs were made to suffer for shortage of revenue generation by inefficient or otherwise stressed DISCOs.

The federal government, its agencies and DISCOs had no energy conservation schemes for implementation by different class of consumers, the order said, adding neither alternate sources of energy nor curtailment of excessive load consumption was pursued by the said authorities.

It noted that the chief executive officer of LESCO had complained that there were no effective and legal mechanism enabling the avoidance of power wastage and overload.
The counsel of the ministry of water and power ensured the court that a detailed report on the queries raised by the court would be submitted on next date of hearing.
The court also directed the deputy attorney general to ensure the presence of the representatives of The Alternate Energy Development Board of Pakistan, NEPRA, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources and Ministry of Finance to assist the court on its queries.

The court adjourned hearing till May 28. Judicial Activism Panel chairman Muhammad Azhar Siddique had moved the petition against unscheduled load shedding especially in Lahore.
He submitted the current level of load shedding exceeds 16 hours per day in the cities and was even larger in the rural areas. He submitted that in other parts of the country including Karachi Electricity Supply Company (KESC), the duration of the load shedding was a fraction of the period experienced in the areas of province of the Punjab.

He had alleged that it was discrimination with the people of Punjab. He requested the court to issue orders to NTDC, NPCC and CPPA and other respondents to end load-shedding immediately.

 

Courtesy: The Nation


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