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WAPDA asked to minimise electricity shortfall

The government has asked the Water and Power Development Authority to provide early relief to the people by minimising electricity shortfall in the country.

Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar, federal minister for water and power expressed these views, while presiding over a meeting at the WAPDA House to review electricity situation in the country and progress on the water and power sector projects, on Tuesday. The minister said that the situation would gradually be improved, as the arrangements are being made for optimal utilisation of the existing generation capacity by providing fuel to the power houses.

In addition, a target-oriented strategy is also being devised to enhance recoveries, decrease system losses and curb electricity theft, he said.

Improved governance is the key to improving cash flows of the distribution companies to minimise power outages, he said, adding that the quality of officials at various tiers would also be improved.

Referring to the ailing financial health of the power sector, Mukhtar directed the power sector managers to put in their concerted efforts to achieve the targets set for them.

Earlier, in a briefing to the minister about water and hydropower sectors, Shakil Durrani, chairman WAPDA, said that the river flows have started improving, resulting in an increase in hydel generation.

The situation would further improve, as the mercury continued to rise in the catchment areas of the water reservoirs, he said.

Dilating upon the least-cost energy generation plan, the chairman said that WAPDA is implementing 17 large projects to generate more than 20,000MW and store around 11.75 million acres feet of water. The hydropower projects with the cumulative capacity of 400MW will become operational during the current year, he said.

The WAPDA chairman also said that WAPDA projects would not only help meet water needs in the country, but also inject low-cost hydel electricity in the national grid.

Expressing satisfaction over the pace of water sector projects, the minister said that it is encouraging to see that hydel generation is taking the lead.

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