ISLAMABAD: A spokesman for the Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda) clarified on Friday the confusion created by news reports appearing in a section of press about Wapda’s role in electricity load-shedding in the country, stating that as a result of the introduction of the power sector reforms and unbundling of Wapda’s Power Wing in 2007, Wapda’s mandate now includes only the construction of new dams and hydropower projects and operation and maintenance of the existing hydel power stations.
The remaining subjects relating to power sector including load-shedding do not fall within the ambit of Wapda.
He said that the matters such as thermal power generation, transmission and distribution of electricity, load-shedding, line losses, recovery of electricity bills, payment to the Independent Power Producers and other organizations etc are now the responsibilities of public sector corporate entities. These entities include Pakistan Electric Power Company, Central Power Purchasing Agency, National Transmission and Despatch Company, Power Generation Companies and Power Distribution Companies etc.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 18th, 2013.
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