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PR No. 204 MINISTER DIRECTS FOR ESTABLISHING HOT LINE TO MONITOR SCHEDULE OF LOADSHEDDING IN HIGH LOSSES AREAS Islamabad, November 30, 2017

Federal Minister for Power Division, Sardar Awais Ahmed Khan Leghari has directed the Electricity Distribution Companies (DISCOS) to clear all backlog of pending new electricity connections within one month so that a new procedure for new connections can be adopted.

          The Federal Minister was chairing a review meeting with all CEOs of the DISCOs and officials from PEPCO, PITC and Power Division today.

          The Federal Minister took strong exception to around 400000 pending new connection applications in all DISCOs and directed that immediate measure be made to provide energy meters to the consumers. He said that special meetings of the BODs may be called by the DISCOs in order to expedite procurement of material essential for new connections as per the existing procedure.

          The Federal Minister also directed that in high losses areas the load shedding shall be carried as per fixed schedule proportionate to the percentage of losses. He directed to establish a hotline to monitor the schedule of load shedding for the high losses areas. The Federal Minister will himself monitor the schedule of loadshedding in the high losses areas while the PITC will generate reports in this regard.

          The Federal Minister said that with great effort the government has been able to bridge the demand supply gap and we have now enough power generation available to meet the demand.  He said that all efforts be made to curtail the losses so that maximum number of consumers can be  provided uninterrupted electricity supply.

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