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Minister directs Discos to cut power supply to defaulter depts

Minister for Water and Power Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar on Wednesday directed the power distribution companies (Discos) to cut electricity supply to all government and private departments on their failure to deposit the dues.

Speaking in a meeting held here to review the electricity load management and recovery issues, the minister for water and power said that increased recovery rate would help the government generate more power. He also directed the companies to speed up installation of electricity meters throughout the country. He said the government was working on a number of power projects to overcome electricity shortage.

Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira, who chaired the meeting, said that the government was taking all possible steps to end loadshedding and improve recovery of dues throughout the country. He expressed his satisfaction over the reduction in the loadshedding.

The two ministers interacted with the chief executives of various Discos through video conferencing facility and directed them to speed up the recovery of dues in their respective areas.Most of the chief executives informed the participants of the meeting that there was zero loadshedding in most parts of the country for the last two/three days.

The meeting was told that total demand of electricity in the country was around 13,000MW while total generation stood at around 10,740MW.Kaira said it had been decided to hold meeting on daily basis for reviewing the load management and recovery of the dues. He also directed the Discos to provide further relief to the industrial sector if possible so that the economic activities could be enhanced further.

The meeting was told that loadshedding in industrial sectors was being carried out as per agreement with the industry. All Discos assured the ministers that further relief would be provided to industrial sector.Secretary Water and Power Nargis Sethi was also present in the meeting and issued directives to Discos for improving their performance.

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