Power situation to improve soon, claims secretary

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LAHORE: Water and Power Secretary Sikandar Ahmed Rai on Sunday claimed that the power situation would improve very soon. He was chairing a meeting of the power sector here at Wapda House to discuss the ways to improve the power situation in the country. The meeting convened by Wapda Chairman Raghib Abbas Shah was attended by Wapda Secretary, Member (Power), Member (Finance), Member (Water), Chief Executive Officers of the Power Distribution Companies (DISCOs), Managing Directors of National Transmission & Despatch Company (NTDC) and Pakistan Electric Power Company, and other senior officers of the power sector.

Addressing the meeting, the federal secretary said the power sector is vital not only for economy of the country but also for social uplift of the people.

He said in view of power sector’s importance for the country, the water ministry is making concerted efforts to bring about a tangible improvement in the sector. For the purpose, a number of radical measures have been taken including assigning the role of power sector coordinator to Wapda chairman. This move aims at improving performance of the public sector power companies through better administrative control and effective coordination, he added. The federal secretary said electricity situation will improve soon, as arrangements are being made to increase fuel supply to the power houses for maximum utilisation of their generation capacity.

Side by side this, the power sector companies must also improve their performance to provide relief to the consumers. Providing better services to the consumers must be the foremost duty of every distribution company. Prompt redressal of the complaints be ensured through well-equipped customer services centres, he further said.

Referring to the financial health of the power sector, the federal secretary asked the power distribution companies to take all possible measures to curb electricity theft, decrease line losses and increase their recoveries. He directed the chief executives officers to adhere to the ministry’s guidelines vis-à-vis load management in letter and spirit.

He also asked the distribution companies for withdrawal of electricity from the national grid strictly in accordance with their allocated quota and improve transmission lines and overhaul grid stations prior to start of summer season. Wapda chairman said better financial management in the companies is a must, so as to make the power sector viable.

In order to enhance power generation, he said, increase in efficiency of the power houses will be ensured by monitoring the situation on daily basis. He said genuine problems of the officers and officials working in the power sector companies will be promptly resolved.

He directed the chief executive officers to promote the culture of public hearing at all levels in their companies. He further elaborated to introduce reward and punishment to improve the functioning of the power companies. Later, Pepco MD gave a briefing about the financial issues of the power sector. Chief executive officers of the companies also made deliberations about load management, power theft, line losses, recovery position etc.

 

Courtesy: The News


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