Electricity complaints: Asif links K-P power woes to terror hits

PML-N will support projects by PTI-led govt.


Khawaja Muhammad Asif. PHOTO: FILE

KARACHI:


Federal Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Muhammad Asif said that the terrorists had inflicted heavy damage to grid systems in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P), and the federal government was trying to have those broken distribution lines repaired.


Speaking at The Express News talk show ‘To The Point’ to anchor Shahzeb Khanzada, the minister said that the current K-P electricity demand is 2,400 megawatts, but its weak and damaged grid systems could not sustain the load and hence, the ministry had to limit the supply to 1,700 megawatts.

The main grid station near Peshawar called Muhammadi Grid Station, which was hit by terror attacks, will be restored in two months. He said that Rs11 billion were required to restore distribution completely so that the province is supplied electricity according to its demand.

Transformers will be supplied to the province on an emergency basis in order to address the problem in a span of two months. Defending the slow-paced recovery of the power crisis, Asif said power crisis is a 15-year-old issue, and the PML-N government has been trying to handle it since it came to power about forty days back.



“It was the night before yesterday at Sehri time that we were producing 15,000 megawatts, the highest capacity of generation recorded in the last four years.”

He explained that outages did not only result from load-shedding – technical faults also contributed to the problem. The government is working to improve and upgrade distribution lines.

Asif welcomed the K-P government’s initiatives to introduce power projects.

“The federal government will attract investment for these proposed power projects; they can construct dams in Chitral, Swat and on River Kunhar.”

“Alternatively, if they want they can take up the power distribution and we can supply them electricity,” he suggested.

He said that the coal energy power stations will be installed at the coasts so that the coal transportation costs could be saved. He said that if the coal from Thar is used, the power plants will be installed on the mine-heads, again to save the costs of transportation.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 16th, 2013.

COMMENTS (28)

javid iqbal | 7 years ago | Reply

the PESCO administration have two major ways for improving their progress artificially . 1. when the pesco administration need to cover the losses or decrease the line losses they billed P/Disc consumers for reduiction of losses and when Pesco needs to improve the recovery position so they write off the dues against the P/Disc consumers .during last month only in peshawar circle a huge amount were waived off to the P/Disconnected consumers to show effeciency to the ministery . is this a progress . on the other hand the pesco administration is not in a position to cope with the theft of energy or the currupt officers /officials .the present BOD of PESCO and CEO is not in a position to coup with the demand of the time. .we are requesting the givt ,ministery ,pepco , to change the BOD and reorganised the BOD with the competent persons technically/professionally, all the corrupt mafia is partner with the labour union. if you want to bring improvement so banne the union activities. change the administration of pesco and bring new faces and blood to pesco. pesco run the activity on adhoc basis. no one is ready to accept the responsibility of the pescvo disuster.

A Pakistani | 7 years ago | Reply

The provincial government of KPK has completely failed in restoring law & order situation in the province and is now desperately trying to divert media attention. The WAPDA/ PEPCO authorities should recover the cost of new grid station from the province that has failed to protect precious property.

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