Secretary Water, Power holds meeting with zamindars

QUETTA: On the special directives of Prime Minister several steps were underway to facilitate electricity consumers in the country. For improving electricity supply situation in Balochistan NTDC was working on Dadu-Khuzdar and Dera Ghazi Khan-Loralai transmission lines. Completion of these mega projects would improve electricity situation besides overcoming load shedding in the province.

These views were expressed by Federal Secretary for Water and Power Sikandar Ahmed Roy while speaking to a delegation of Zamindars here Thursday.

Chairman WAPDA Syed Raghib Hussain Shah, QESCO Chief Engineer Baleegh uz Zaman and senior officers were also present at the meeting.

Meeting held detailed review of electricity situation in the province and agri subsidy with a delegation of Zamindar Action Committee.

Federal Secretary for Water and Power said that he would talks to President and Prime Minister for increasing electricity quota for QESCO so that people could be given more relief. He said he would personally make efforts to resolve problems of Balochistan on priority.

Chairman WAPDA told Zamindar Action Committee delegation that several projects were being built to overcome electricity crisis and to include cheap hydel power in the national system. He said from September 2012 till now 450 mega watts of electricity have been added to the nation system.

Besides work on Diamer Bhasha dam, Khial Khwar and Golan Gol was underway while feasibility study of Dasu and Bonji hydro power project has been completed. More over Neelum-Jhelum project of 969 capacity would be completed in 2016. He said for consumers complaints Central Complaint office has been setup at WAPDA House Lahore which would work round the clock.

Earlier QESCO Chief briefed him about flat rate subsidy to the agri consumers and said that in July 2010 when subsidy was ended agri consumers are owed to rupees 54 billion. He said agri consumers are not paying bill at flat rate of Rupees 4 thousand. With the result QESCO’s financial burden was increasing.

He said total demand of electricity in Balochistan except Lasbella and Mekran Belt was 1500 mw while supply is 450 mw.

Therefore 21 hours load shedding was made on rural feeders and 18 hours from district headquarters feeders.

Zamindar Action Committee members told that they were being supplied electricity for 3 hours during 24 hours. If the same situation continued it would have negative impacts on the agriculture in the province.

They called for exempting Balochistan form electricity quota, improving voltage, early completion of Dadu-Khuzdar and Dera Ghazi Khan-Loralai lines supply of electricity for Zhob form Chashma power project.

Chairman WAPDA assured for initiating feasibility study after approval of the project from the board.

Zamindar Action Committee while thanking Secretary Water and Power and Chairman WAPDA for listening to their problems announced to call off shutter down and protest dharna on March 30.