Mukhtar Directs Distribution Companies to take Steps To Avoid Unscheduled Load Shedding

Islamabad, June 16, 2012 (PPI-OT): Federal Minister for Water and Power, Ch. Ahmad Mukhtar has directed the power distribution companies to strictly follow the load management quota in order to avoid the unscheduled load shedding, maximize their recovery, improve their efficiency and minimize line losses.

He said this while presiding over a meeting of the CEOs of power distribution companies held here today to review the recovery position, unscheduled load management and other related issues. Secretary, JS power and CEOs of all the Discos attended.

The Minister said that unscheduled load shedding is creating number of difficulties for the consumers and it is our priority to end it immediately. He asked the NPCC to issue load management quota as per daily power generation to all the discos well before time so that they may be able to plan the scheduled load management for both urban and rural areas in their respective jurisdiction. He said that action will be taken in case of not implementation.

The Minister also directed the NPCC and Energy Management Cell to work out a comprehensive and feasible plan to provide maximum relief to the consumers particularly industrial sector from load management. He said that the government is utilizing all the resources to enhance power generation to reduce the load shedding.

Mr. Mukhtar also directed them to improve their recovery and recover the amount from the defaulters. He said that improvement in the recovery will help to generate more power. The country has dire need of maximum generation in summer and role of the Discos collection is very important in this regard. He directed the Discos to disconnect the electricity supply of private and government consumers without any discrimination in case of non-payment of bills.

He also asked all the companies to reduce their line losses and bring it to the minimum level. The CEOs were also asked address the consumers complaints and timely deliver the bills to the consumers and give them at least 10 days for payment.

Earlier, the CEOs of the Discos briefed the minister on their recovery position and their individual recovery targets. They assured that they will work hard to collect the amount from the consumers and defaulters beyond the targets in the month of June. CEO Hesco informed the meeting that he had collected 200 million rupees above the target. The meeting appreciated his performance.

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