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Lesco to convert mixed feeders into dedicated ones

The Lahore Electric Supply Company (Lesco) will convert all mixed feeders into dedicated ones to ensure continuous power supply to the industry, said an official.

The promise was made by Mohammad Saleem, chief executive officer of the power utility, while speaking at the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) on Monday.

The issues came under discussion included out of proportion long-hour power cuts in the industrial units, unscheduled power outages, wrong and over-billing, new connections, transformers theft and awareness campaign for energy conservation.

It was agreed that the Mian Abuzar Shad, vice president of the LCCI, will be the focal person to interact with Lesco in the future. The Lesco chief said that segregation of domestic and industrial feeders would be done afresh as per the list to be provided by the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

All those feeders would be converted into industrial ones wherever there is 80 percent consumption by the industry and the rest for domestic usage, he said, adding that work on identification and conversion would start from Tuesday.

Lesco is also ready to come up with the staggering holidays formula for various industrial sectors but the LCCI would have to give a workable schedule for the purpose.

For being a distribution company, Lesco should not be blamed for any sort of power outages, as it is selling whatever it gets from the national grid. The power utility is getting 1,400MW against a demand of 2,600MW, he said.

Giving a clean chit to the industry, the LESCO chief said that there is no pilferage by the industry at all as whenever there is such an incidence, the industry itself brings into limelight.

To a question about cumbersome procedure for issuance of new transformers in the wake of theft, he said that electricity would be provided to the affected industry without any delay and the paperwork would be completed in due course of time.

Farooq Iftikhar, president of the LCCI, said that there is unscheduled power outages in Lahore, which varies from 12 to 14 hours a day.

The power outages not only halts the production process but also increases the cost of production because, shifting to generators fuelled by diesel is hardly affordable, he added.

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