KP to provide 13.4% share, in the total power production on daily basis

June 1, 2015 Off By Web Desk

Peshawar: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will be provided its full share, i.e, 13.4%, in the total power production on daily basis and access electricity available at any feeder will be shifted to other feeders to reduce load shedding in the province.

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government will fully support PESCO to launch a concerted operation against stealing of electricity throughout the province. However, PESCO will take serious action against its officials for their connivance in the power theft.

The issue of payment of outstanding dues to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government by the Federal Government on account of net hydel profit and the arrears will be taken to the Council of Common Interest (CCI) for a sustainable resolution of the issue.

These decisions were taken in a high level meeting of the Provincial and Federal Government held at CM Secretariat Tuesday with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak in the chair.

The Federal Minister for water and power Khawaja Mohammad Asif, Minister for Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Minister of State for Water & Power, Abid Sher Ali, concerned Provincial Ministers and Secretaries, Chief Secretary Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Additional Chief Secretary, Chairman WAPDA, PESCO Chief, FBR authorities, and other high ranking officers attended the meeting.

The Chief Minister presented demand of the provincial government which mainly included the power load shedding, payment of net hydel profit and its arrears to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, royalty on gas and LPG, the provincial share in federal taxes, permission to generate electricity from the provincial gas reserves, replacement of defected power transformers, anti power theft measures, provision of new transformers, and provision of electricity connections to the public health schemes and new schools and hospitals of the province. The meeting decided that the issue of net hydel profit would be taken to CCI in a bid to resolve it once for all.

The meeting agreed upon the load management arrangements that suggested by the Chief Minister for controlling access and unannounced load shedding in the province and it was assure by the federal power minister to release full share of electricity to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and fully utilize this share for mitigating the load shedding.

It was decided that more electricity would be provided to those feeders where the line losses are quite low whereas the load shedding on the feeders suffering 70% and above line losses will not be reduced until the power theft on such feeders are overcome.

The meeting also decided that the provincial government and PESCO would launch joint operation against electricity stealing and the Chief Minister assured full cooperation in this regard. He, however, stressed that PESCO should take strict action against its officials for their involvement in the power thefts.

He also floated certain proposals for overcoming the line losses which were accepted by the Water and Power Minister. It was also decided that PESCO would provide details of power production and its allocation at all the feeders to the provincial government daily three times.

Schedule of load shedding will also be shared with the provincial government on daily basis and the consumers will be informed about it at district level, the meeting decided.

Accepting demand of the provincial government, PESCO assured to provide transformers and electricity connections to all new public health schemes and schools and hospitals by the end of current month and it will make available all new transformers by December next for which the MPAs had made payments since long.

During the meeting the provincial government issues regarding oil and gas were also raised and it was decided that the matter of gas provision to local population residing around gas fields areas of Karak district will be resolve through a joint jirga comprising the federal and the provincial government representatives.

On a demand the Federal Minister for Natural Resources agreed to grant permission to the provincial government for generating electricity from surplus gas reserves of the province. A consensus on the both sides was also evolved for removing impediments in 72 kilometre Kohat Gas Pipeline and establishment of oil refineries in southern districts of the province.