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GUJRANWALA: United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Power Distribution Programme senior management visited Gujranwala Electric Power Company (Gepco) to discuss assistance provided by USAID under its Power Distribution Programme with Gepco Board of Directors BoD.


The team was led by Deputy Chief of Party USAID Power Programme Saleem Ali. The USAID is providing assistance to Gepco in finance, engineering and operations, human resources capacity building and training, commercial management, communications and outreach and customers services improvement under its power distribution programme. The meeting was chaired by the chairman of Gepco BoD, Hassan Javaid, and attended by Gepco CFO Mehboob Alam, member Gepco BoD and senior management on the projects already completed and those under implementation. The Power Distribution Programme is providing technical and infrastructural support to Gepco, one of its related projects focuses on planning and engineering department at Gepco which is currently working on converting the distribution network planning system from annual to electronic, making the system faster and more efficient. The USAID power distribution programme counties to upgrade infrastructure at Gepco. It is also providing human resources support through a new training method where experience based training is replacing lecture based system. An example of the new approach is evident in the USAID power distribution programme’s quick impact safety training for linemen which would decrease distribution line losses and increase distribution system reliability. These trainings have brought a massive decrease in fatal and non-fatal linemen accidents in the area. The USAID power distribution programme also continues to work with consumers by reaching out to them through Gepco, educating them about energy efficient initiatives. USAID Power Distribution Programme was announced by secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2009 as being among the United States efforts to support government of Pakistan to reform its power sectors to mitigate the current energy crisis. The programme is helping government owned electric power distribution companies, improve their commercial performance by reducing losses.


FOUR SUFFER BURNS IN CYLINDER BLAST: Four members of a family sustained serious burns at Imran Colony. The family was busy cooking food when a gas cylinder burst. They were admitted to DHQ Hospital from where they referred to a Lahore hospital. The injured include Iqbal, his wife Azmat Bibi, Alam 9, Danish, 2.


HIKE IN POL PRICES FLAYED: Gujranwala Chamber of Commerce and Industry has condemned an increase in the prices of petroleum products and demanded of the government to withdraw increase and restore old prices. GCCI president Khawaja Ameer Hassan and other office-bearers observed that common man was facing unemployment, poverty and price hike.