Electricity theft: PM seeks out China know how in curbing line losses

By APP
Published: July 8, 2013

PM Nawaz shakes hands with the governor of Guangdong on the sidelines of the meeting. PHOTO: APP

GUANGZHOU: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Sunday asked a prominent Chinese company to provide suggestions and provide assistance towards curbing power line losses, theft and pilferage in Pakistan. The prime minister who arrived here this morning on the third leg of his five-day official visit, held a meeting with the president of China Southern Power Grid (CSG) Zhao Jianguo.

The prime minister told him that they were active discussions on building power plants based on coal, solar and wind resources, adding that Pakistan was blessed with abundant water resources and coal reservoirs to generate energy. He said they were in touch with the Chinese companies, already involved and working in this sector and received a good response from the Chinese side and is now entering into agreements with these companies.

“We have been working in the energy sector,” he said and added that it would take time, but for the moment, they were working upon plans to cut down line losses, power theft and pilferage. The prime minister, on the occasion, sought the suggestion from Zhao in this regard. The company president agreeing with the request said that proper management and supervision coupled with implementation of stringent laws could help reduce this menace.

To a question posed by Premier Nawaz, he said that in China, the line losses had been slashed from 6 per cent to 1 per cent. Zhao said his company was ready to provide help to Pakistan in addressing the problem of line losses, theft and pilferage. The prime minister asked him to provide their consultancy so that the existing bonds of friendship could be further strengthened.

Regarding Pak-China economic corridor, the prime minister said that both the countries attached high importance to its execution, adding that “this is the biggest project which starts from Gwadar to Kashgar.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 8th, 2013.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • ishrat salim
    Jul 8, 2013 - 10:32AM

    Such suggestions by the Chinese is possible in China as it is not a democratic country, no corruption from top to bottom level & people are generally hard working & educated….all these ingredients absent in Pakistan…..

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  • Aschraful Makhlooq
    Jul 8, 2013 - 11:02AM

    “GUANGZHOU:Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Sunday asked a prominent Chinese company to provide suggestions and provide assistance towards curbing power line losses, theft and pilferage in Pakistan”
    I request Pakistani current leadership that do something yourself instead of involving China in every matter most especially importantly in curbing the line losses and electricity theft because the most important question rises here,id est,shall the PML-N’s government give totally free hand without any interruption and pressure hidden or open and foolproof and tightest security to the Chinese officials during performing their duties to curb line losses and electricity theft because Chinese officials shall take the strict and stern steps/measures against every culprit/miscreant involved in electricity theft it doesn’t matter common man,elite/privileged class people and bureaucrats without any prejudice by fulfilling the justice’s and equality’s requirements because in Pakistan most of the electricity thieves belong to elite/privileged class people,WAPDA’s key posts’ officers’ friends and relatives and landlords having hundreds of square lands in Punjab and Sindh?
    And in the last what shall happen to the federal and provincial departments which are defaulters of WAPDA and shall PML-N government give free hand to Chinese officials to receive all the dues fully from the these federal and provincial departments or as usual shall show flexibility for them????/

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  • Aschraful Makhlooq
    Jul 8, 2013 - 11:20AM

    Who will protect Chinese officials in Sindh’s,KPK’s and Balochistan’s remote areas to curb line losses and electricity theft??????

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  • David_Smith
    Jul 8, 2013 - 5:33PM

    @ishrat salim:
    are you sure, I mean about the corruption bit?

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  • solomon
    Jul 8, 2013 - 11:02PM

    how about “kundi (hook)” system??? dose china faces that???… easy to get ideas from anywhere and from everybody since the world is diverse …but how about some “INITIATION” AND “SELF ACTION” no use of asking others unless we dont improve ourselves first!!!!

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