Sharif calls for measures to halt power breakdowns

The prime minister directed the water and power secretary to take urgent steps to overcome the issue of unannounced load-shedding.



By Our Correspondent

Published: Sun 21 Jun 2015, 11:05 PM

Last updated: Wed 8 Jul 2015, 2:58 PM

Islamabad: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday reprimanded Water and Power Secretary Younus Dagha over power outages in several parts of the country which provoked violent protests.

During a meeting with Dagha, the prime minister also expressed displeasure over the preliminary report submitted by the secretary of water and power and directed him to address citizens’ complaints at the earliest.

The prime minister directed the water and power secretary to take urgent steps to overcome the issue of unannounced load-shedding.

Power outages during Suhoor and Iftar timings were reported from several cities across the country on Friday contrary to the federal government’s announcement of supplying uninterrupted electricity during these timings in the holy month.

Prolonged power outages of up to 20 hours were also reported from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, which resulted in violent protests. In Peshawar angry crowd mobbed adviser on power Amir Muqam’s vehicle and damaged it partially with sticks. Police tried to disperse the mob but the crowd hit back by pelting stones on police.

Meanwhile, state minister for water and power Abid Sher Ali has expressed his regrets over power outages on the first day of Ramadan, saying efforts will be made that such a situation did not arise in the future. He warned that factories will face the music if they were found operating during Suhoor and Iftar timings.

While briefing media on the cause of loadshedding at the Faisalabad Electric Supply Company (Fesco) on Saturday, he expressed his surprise over loadshedding in Karachi despite an uninterrupted power supply of 650MW from the national grid to the K-Electric.

“The 650MW to K-Electric is being supplied despite the fact that the agreement with the power company has ceased. The on-going power cuts and load-shedding in the port city even with continuous supply from the national grid are surprising,” he said.

The minister said that power demand across the country stood at 21,500MW on Friday and the system had been fed with 16000MW.

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