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March 18, 2016 Off By Web Desk

Peshawar: The Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak has asked PESCO authorities to ensure full utilization of the electricity quota of the province and control load shedding in the province to provide relief to the people.

This, he said while attending a briefing on electricity utilization and other problems in PESCO headquarters in Peshawar. Speaker KP Assembly Asad Qaiser, Minister for Local Government Inayatullah, Chairman Strategic Support unit, Sahibzada Saeed, Secretary Energy & Power Naveed Khan, Chairman PESCO Board, Engr. Malik Asad, Chief Executive PESCO Anwarul Haq Yousafzai and others were present on the occasion.

PESCO authorities briefed the Chief Minister about electricity utilization, problems faced in controlling illegal use of power and steps being taken for rectification of the system.

The CM while expressing grave concern over unscheduled load shedding in province termed it as injustice with the people. He directed the PESCO authorities for efficient utilization 13.5% allocated quota of electricity of the province in efficient manner.

He assured PESCO high ups of full cooperation of the provincial government in controlling illegal connections and ensuring recovery to get rid of load shedding. The CM also directed to formulate committees on district level to check irregularities in power distribution and speed up recovery system. He also advised to launch a joint awareness campaign by PESCO and provincial government for judicious utilization of electricity.

The Chief Minister asked PESCO authorities to take action again PESCO staff involved in irregularities. On this occasion a scheduled was framed for curtailing load shedding.

It was decided that there would be no load shedding in circles where recovery rate was more than 70%. PESCO authorities agreed on installing monitoring system showing real time generation and utilization of electricity in provincial secretary for energy office to share data with KP government. The CM was told that open trading system was being adopted to remove irregularities and delay in repair of the out of the order transformers.

The Chief Minister ordered devising time bound schedule for avoiding unnecessary delay in electrification of various areas of the province. Holding of a high level meeting in this regard soon was also decided. The Chief Minister was told that plan was made to solve low voltage problem in the province.