PM di­rects min­istry to en­sure zero load­shed­ding dur­ing sehr, if­tar

PESCO re­stores elec­tric­ity in Now­shera de­spite col­lapses of 23 trans­mis­sion tow­ers; Distt As­tore en­joy­ing zero load­shed­ding

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL -

ISLAMABAD—Prime Min­is­ter Muham­mad Nawaz Sharif on Mon­day di­rected the Min­istry of Wa­ter and Power to en­sure no power out­age at the tim­ings of Sehr and If­tar.

The di­rec­tive for un­in­ter­rupted power sup­ply will be uni­formly im­ple­mented for ur­ban and ru­ral ar­eas.

The Prime Min­is­ter asked his Of­fice to strictly mon­i­tor the tim­ings of load­shed­ding, the PM’s Of­fice said.

Mean­while, talk­ing to Ra­dio Pak­istan, Min­is­ter for Wa­ter and Power Khawaja Muham­mad Asif has said that there would be no load shed­ding dur­ing Se­har and If­tar tim­ings in Ra­mazan. He said elec­tric­ity short­fall has re­duced to 4,000 watts. Khawaja Asif said the govern­ment has closed some plants that pro­duce ex­pen­sive elec­tric­ity, which can also be op­er­a­tional­ized if a need arises. He said there are hun­dreds of feed­ers in Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa, where zero load­shed­ding is be­ing ob­served.

The an­nual fast­ing month of Rama-zan is ex­pected to be­gin Tues­day in Pak­istan. Most of the Mus­lim coun­tries in the Mid­dle East and North Africa are al­ready ob­serv­ing Ra­mazan to­day (Mon­day). Dur­ing Ra­mazan, Mus­lims around the world ab­stain from eat­ing, drink­ing, smok­ing from dawn to dusk. They break the fast with a meal known as If­tar and be­fore dawn they have a sec­ond op­por­tu­nity to eat and drink dur­ing Se­har.

Pe­shawar: Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Pesco, Aw­narul Haq Yousafzai vis­ited Khairabad, Ja­hangira, Akora Khat­tak and Now­shera City and in­spected ar­eas where 23 trans­mis­sion tow­ers were col­lapsed due to heavy storm and rains few days ago.

The PESCO staff, de­spite col­lapse of so many tow­ers, re­stored power sup­ply in the af­fected ar­eas through al­ter­nate sources.

Th­ese al­ter­nate sources, how­ever, are not ca­pa­ble enough to bear heavy load and PESCO was com­pelled to car­ry­out ad­di­tional load-shed­ding on 11 KV Khush­hal Khan Khat­tak, Tube­well, Akora Khat­tak1, 2 and other slinked feed­ers. The Pesco man­age­ment has sought co­op­er­a­tion of peo­ple. Later on, the PESCO chief vis­ited Now­shera City grid sta­tion and in­spected re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion work on af­fected feed­ers and hailed the staff’s per­for­mance for com­plet­ing the work on ur­gent ba­sis.

The co­op­er­a­tion of peo­ple was sought till com­ple­tion of the re­main­ing work. Engr Youafzai en­sured com­ple-tion of restora­tion work shortly.

Mean­while, Quetta Elec­tric Sup­ply Com­pany (QESCO) has an­nounced that it would not car­ry­out power load shed­ding dur­ing the times of Sehri, If­tari and Travih in the pro-vin­cial cap­i­tal Quetta and all districts head­quar­ters of Balochis­tan.

A spokesman for QESCO said, here on Mon­day evening that fol­low­ing the in­struc­tions of Min­istry of Wa­ter and Power, dur­ing the holy month of Ramzan, no elec­tric­ity load shed­ding will be car­ried out in Quetta and all district head­quar­ters dur­ing the times of Sehri, If­tari and Travih.

He, how­ever, said that six hours daily load shed­ding would be car­ried out dur­ing the re­main­ing time.

As­tore: Ex­ec­u­tive En­gi­neer Wa­ter and Power As­tore, Fayyaz Alam said that there is no load­shed­ding in the district.

Talk­ing to me­dia here Mon­day he said that there is no shortage of elec­tric­ity in district and the peo­ple are sup­plied 24 hours elec­tric­ity.

He in­formed that Louse Power Sta­tions, Doyan Power Sta­tion, Rattu Power Sta­tion and Per­ish­ing Power Sta-tion are sup­ply­ing the elec­tric­ity to the ar­eas of As­tore. He said that the load­shed­ding is im­posed in the district in the months of Jan­uary and Fe­bru­ary due to shortage of wa­ter and this load­shed­ding is im­posed for only 2 hours over 24 hours.

He fur­ther told that four power projects are un­der con­struc­tion in As­tore and the elec­tric­ity prob­lem will be re­solved forever af­ter the com­ple­tion of th­ese projects.—APP

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