Iesco’s cor­rup­tion ...

Pakistan Observer - - IN­TER­NA­TIONAL -

of net me­ter­ing. The project would soon be in­au­gu­rated soon, he added. He said three ap­pli­ca­tions of net me­ter­ing con­nec­tions have re­cently been en­ter­tained at IESCO op­er­a­tion cir­cle of­fices. The CEO said that there were some is­sues in­clud­ing un­aware­ness about net me­ter­ing reg­u­la­tions among power dis­tri­bu­tion com­pa­nies (DISCO’s) of­fi­cers, fear of rev­enue loss, in­ter­con­nec­tion stud­ies and up­dat­ing of billing soft­ware and spec­i­fi­ca­tion for bi-di­rec­tional me­ters.

Re­gard­ing ben­e­fit of net me­ter­ing, Dr Ab­dul Jab­bar said that it has many ben­e­fits which in­cluded en­ergy con­tri­bu­tion from re­new­able based con­sumers, de­mand side man­age­ment, re­duc­tion in gap be­tween gen­er­a­tion and de­mand, re­duc­tion in con­sumer elec­tric­ity bill, re­duc­tion in sys­tem losses, re­duc­tion in over­load­ing, com­pen­sa­tion in mid day peak hour and en­vi­ron­ment friendly tech­nol­ogy.

CEO Al­ter­nate En­ergy De­vel­op­ment Board Am­jad Awan in­formed the panel that one Kilo­watt (KW) would cost Rs.169,000 and in­for­ma­tion about the cost per KW has al­ready been pub­lished in the na­tional dailies.

To a ques­tion, State Min­is­ter for Water and Power Ch Abid Sher Ali said cur­rently the DIS­COs were not be­ing pri­va­tized. The com­pa­nies man­age­ment and their labour lead­ers had also as­sured dur­ing their meet­ing with the Prime Min­is­ter that they would re­duce their line losses be­sides bring­ing im­prove­ment in re­cov­er­ies. Abid said that six-eight hours power load-shed­ding would be car­ried out in the com­ing sum­mer in ur­ban and ru­ral ar­eas re­spec­tively.

He said that ef­forts would be made to en­sure no load-shed­ding dur­ing Sa­her, If­tar and Tarveeh in max­i­mum ar­eas.

Ear­lier, MNA Dr Syed Ghazi Gu­lab Ja­mal said that the process for In­ter­na­tional Dis­placed Per­sons (IDPs) has al­ready been started but the grid sta­tion was still not yet re­ha­bil­i­tated de­spite a lapse of so many years.

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