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‘IPPs’ problems, power theft issues be resolved’

Lahore Electric Supply Company (Lesco) will try its level best to ensure uninterrupted power supply to the public during the holy month of Ramazan while power outages will not be observed during Sehr and Iftar times while there is a need to resolve the IPPs problems and power theft to resolve energy crisis.

These views were expressed by the participants in Jang Economic Session on ‘Loadshedding in Ramazan’ here on Tuesday. The participants were Lesco General Manager, Technical, Ehsan Elahi, UET Power Division Head Prof Dr Suhail Aftab, Engineers Study Forum President Mian Fazal Ahmed, Pakistan Workers Federation Chairperson Huma Aziz and Anjuman Tajiran Pakistan General Secretary Abdul Razzaq Babar. The event was hosted by Sikindar Hameed Lodhi and Intikhab Tariq.

Ehsan Elahi said that if the Lesco would be allowed to produce electricity then it could run 1,000 mega watt Shahdara power plant and ensure supply to all city. He said Pepco was providing 20 per cent to 22 per cent electricity to Lesco.

He said the Lesco did not ignore any user but gave priority to domestic users while in Delhi industries were given preference. He said no shutdown and maintenance work would be carried out during Ramazan.

Dr Suhail Aftab said one-hour power outages should not be carried out during Ramazan. He said cheap electricity could be produced by installing Ghazi Brotha power pattern projects on other rivers. He said the government should take notice of Indian violation of Indus water treaty.

Mian Fazal Ahmed said power demand in national grid was 16,605 megawatt while production was 13,738 mega watt. He said reduction in shortfall was as a result of reduction in usage of AC and increase in hydel generation as AC load was almost 4,000 megawatt. He said industrial loads should be reduced with consultation of chambers of commerce and payment to IPPs to ensure uninterrupted power supply during Ramazan.

Huma Aziz said that ensuring power supply to public in Ramazan would not be a success of the government. She said Zia-ul-Haq hanged Zulfikar Ali Bhutto but did not construct Kalabagh Dam.

She said if successive civil and army governments had implemented project of dams’ construction then there would have been surplus electricity in the country. She said development without resolving water and power issues could not be possible.

Abdul Razzaq Babar said that no authority existed to resolve energy crisis while the public was facing the consequences of shifting the power generation responsibility from Wapda to IPPs. He said the government should at least pay 50 per cent payment to IPPs to increase electricity production.

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