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Power generation, distribution,reduction in line losses top priority

Dr Musadik Malik, federal minister for water and power, has said that three important decisions, regarding power generation, distribution and reduction in line losses would be taken and implemented on a priority basis.

A strategy would be announced shortly, leading to a resolution of the energy crisis, he said.

He said this while presiding over the maiden meeting in the Ministry of Water and Power after assuming the charge. During the meeting, Malik was briefed about the power demand-supply situation, terrorists attack on Sheikh Muhammadi Grid Station and other issues relating to water and power. Malik also held talks with the chief executive officers of the distribution companies through videoconferencing.

The minister asked all the officers of the ministry and chiefs of the distribution companies to improve their performance and achieve the targets and no hurdles would be tolerated in the way of implementation of such decisions. He also called for steps to provide relief to the people in power outages.

Only those steps would be taken, which would help resolve the power crisis, he said, and asked the distribution companies chiefs to improve recovery, reduce line losses and submit a short plan to improve the performance and facilitate the consumers.

The CEOs informed the meeting on the recovery situation, line losses, power theft, purchase of units from the National Transmission and Dispatch Company (NTDC) and their billed amount.

The minister condemned the terrorist attack on Sheikh Muhammadi Grid Station in Peshawar and said that all resources would be utilised to restore the grid station at the earliest and steps would be taken to protect installations to avoid such incidents in the future. He expressed grief over the loss of lives in the incident and announced Rs1.5 million compensation for each family of the deceased and job to the heirs.

The minister also stressed the need for betterment of water sector and to construct new reservoirs.

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