IESCO chief assures uninterrupted power supply to industries


ISLAMABAD: Islamabad Electric Supply Company (IESCO) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Basit Zaman on Saturday issued orders to immediately end load shedding for the local industry.

He issued these orders during a meeting with a delegation of Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) led by President Sheikh Amir Waheed, says a press release.

Basit Zaman said that although smog was creating a lot of disturbance in power supply, IESCO had enough electricity to supply to industries and not subject them to load shedding in normal circumstances.

He also said that IESCO was setting up a call centre to handle complaints that would help in redressing consumers’ complaints in time.

He said that IESCO was working to upgrade its electricity systems in markets. However, the responsibility of replacing transformers in case they got burned was the respective owner’s, he clarified.

He further said that IESCO had not banned the provision of commercial connections to high-rise buildings, but that the Capital Development Authority’s (CDA) approval was needed to provide such connections.

Moreover, IESCO would soon start sending meter readings to consumers on their mobile phones so that they could ensure timely payment of bills, he said, adding that IESCO would keep taking measures to facilitate its commercial, industrial and domestic consumers.

Speaking at the occasion, ICCI President Sheikh Amir Waheed complained that Islamabad was the only place where industry faced three-hour load shedding due to which production was suffering. He urged IESCO officials to ensure uninterrupted power supply to local industries. He also urged IESCO to look into issues caused by interruptions in power supply caused by old transformers and electric wires in markets.

ICCI Senior Vice President Muhammad Naveed and Vice President Nisar Mirza also complained that IESCO was not providing permanent connections to residential area Gulberg Green and urged that it should remedy this issue.

In response, Basit Zaman said that feeders should be arranged and permanent connections should be provided to Gulberg Green at the earliest.