Welcoming the move: Bahria Town invites PM’s taskforce to its power units

Published: July 22, 2013

Bahria Town is Asia’ largest real estate developer. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: 

Bahria Town on Sunday welcomed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s taskforce set up to deal with energy crisis. In a press release issued to the media, the business group invited the taskforce to visit Bahria Town projects along with the press to see its grid stations and power generation units.

Instead of burdening the national resources, the Bahria Town projects in Rawalpindi and Lahore were running respectively 12 and 9 megawatts of generation units of their own, the statement said. These diesel based generation facilities produced electricity at Rs28 per unit. However the real estate developer provided electricity to its residents, hospitals and schools at a subsidised rate of Rs10 per unit – a facility which cost it millions of rupees per day.

In view of the limited resources of Lahore Electric Supply Company (LESCO) and Islamabad Electric Supply Company (IESCO), Bahria Town not only constructed grid stations with its own resources, but also provided underground lines to its residents, the press release stated.

The group also bore the 43% losses in the shape of 30% line losses, 10% maintenance charges, 3% billing recovery charges; while paying 100% to the LESCO and the IESCO. Following this example, load shedding problem could be dealt with in all the housing societies of the country.

Bahria Town is Asia’ largest real estate developer, which has won accolades of recognition from such international media outlets and organisations as The Newsweek, CNN, Los Angeles Times and The Euroasia.  Apart from building infrastructure, Bahria Town projects also provide world class schools, hospitals, golf courses, country club, five star hotels, parks, spa, squash and tennis courts, shopping malls, horse riding clubs and other modern housing facilities.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 22nd, 2013.

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Reader Comments (2)

  • ahmed
    Jul 22, 2013 - 10:49AM

    hard to believe making electricity at 28 rupees and giving it out at 10 rupees per unit.

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  • Sadaat
    Jul 25, 2013 - 12:06PM

    @ Ahmed: I can confirm that Bahria Town is generating his own electricity from recently installed generator that will cost them app. Rs. 75 Lakh/month (only Rawalpindi).

    I am resident of Bahria Town, and after PML-N govt, upto 6 hours loadshedding was started in Bahria Town, (on Friday evening) and on Monday morning Malik Riaz had meeting with his senior Bahria personnels and after then it was decided to installed two mega generators to supply non-strop electricity to Bahria Town, residents and that will cost them app. Rs 75 lakh/Month extra but is not charging anything extra from it’s residents.

    Thanks to Malik Riaz.

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