Pakistan

Power Minister directs to minimize load-shedding duration

Minister for Power Awais Ahmad Khan Leghari has directed the power distribution companies to improve their overall performance and minimize load-shedding duration.

Addressing a press conference in Islamabad today, he instructed the distribution companies to present detail of demand and supply of electricity on daily basis before the public.

He said the management of power distribution companies will be replaced with the competent personnel.

Terming the high loss feeders, technical faults and electricity theft as a major reason for power outages, the Minister said a system is being revamped gradually to overcome load-shedding.

He said there is a shortfall of 4232 megawatts in the country and high loss feeders are not in a position to bear this shortfall.

Awais Ahmad Khan Leghari revealed that there are 150 loss-making feeders in Punjab, 700 in Sindh, 350 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and around 80 in Balochistan, which will be overhauled.

He said there is an ample capacity of electricity generation available in the country and he vowed to fulfill the demand of electricity during this summer and the upcoming year.

In his remarks, Minister of State for Power Ali Pervaiz Malik urged people to identify power theft as their cooperation is inevitable to overcome load-shedding.

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