TOBA TEK SINGH: Emergency works are in full swing for the rehabilitation of the electricity sector and to deal with the current situation facing the sector. The LNG supply will not only improve the country’s power supply, but also help the government overcome the electricity crisis.
Federal Minister of Energy (Energy Division) Khurram Dastgir said this during his visit to the headquarters of the Faisalabad Electric Supply Company (Fesco) on Friday.
He said that after the supply of LNG and fuel oil from the Ministry of Petroleum, more gas would be available, which would significantly reduce load management in the coming days.
He expressed satisfaction with the overall performance of Fesco and said that given the current situation, Fesco officials need to work harder, diligently and enthusiastically so that not only Fesco, but also the electricity can overcome the difficult situation.
Fesco Managing Director Engr Bashir Ahmed said Fesco’s recovery was 100% but its online losses were the lowest compared to the target set by Nepra, reflecting the hard work of staff .
He said Fesco’s upgraded distribution system could support the peak load during the summer season. He said Fesco had provided 256 transformer carts across all subdivisions with the aim of restoring power immediately in the event of a transformer failure.
He said Fesco has set up a state-of-the-art customer service center for instant solutions to consumers’ electricity-related issues.
Similarly, Fesco has introduced a mobile application called “FESCO Light” for online information and registration of consumer complaints, he added.
The minister said that due to the bad policies of the previous government, we had to deal with this day and that power cuts were happening all over the country. Due to the unavailability of fuel, electricity was not produced on demand and as a result consumers were faced with load management.
Mr Dastgir said the coalition government was doing its best to solve the problems faced by the public. He said revenue targets for all distribution companies were also being reviewed.
“We are the representatives of the public and our goal is to resolve the grievances of the distribution companies and improve their performance,” he said, adding that currently the circular debt is around 2.45 trillion rupees.
When the PML-N left the government in 2018 the circular debt was only 1.06 trillion rupees and at that time there was zero load shedding but at present the circular debt has more than doubled . He said an increase in heat intensity was also likely to increase hydropower generation.
HONOR MURDER: A man killed his son-in-law’s father for honor on Friday afternoon at Pirmahal in Chak 673/14-GB.
According to the Pirmahal police, Ijaz Hussain’s daughter Hira Parveen entered into a judicial marriage with Akhtar Ali from the same village. In revenge, Ijaz attacked Akhtar’s house and opened indiscriminate fire as a result of which Ali’s father, Talib Hussain, was seriously injured. He was rushed to Pirmahal THQ Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
The police arrested Ijaz.
Posted in Dawn,21 May 2022