Govt plans to review loadshedding schedule: Awais Leghari


ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Power Awais Ahmad Khan Leghari on Thursday said the government was planning to review the power load-shedding schedule that it had announced in December.

“In the upcoming summers, we will have more than sufficient electricity, but because of line losses and theft, we will not be able to provide it to the consumers,” said Awais in a statement.

He said that both the consumers and DISCOs were not acting responsibly and the volume of losses would soon become unbearable to the government. “The DISCOs have failed to reduce the losses and the consumers have failed to respond responsibly,” he said while adding that the government would have to increase load-shedding in areas to cut down the losses.

Awais blasted on the distribution companies saying that there was no system in place regarding the proposed plan of implementation by the power distribution companies. He also said that 80 percent schemes under sustainable development goals (SDGs) programme would be completed during April. However, he said that there were some hurdles in implementation of the schemes. He pledged to inform about the schemes of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 1 and 2 within a week.

Awais said that power distribution companies had no plan to procure equipment and other materials during the next financial year 2018-19, and the power division would inform about the details in this regard.

He said that the government had completed 96 percent schemes under SDGs in the first phase and all schemes in the power sector would be completed within one month in case all the hurdles are removed.