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PM Shehbaz directs to minimise loadshedding amid sizzling summer

Government in no way will tolerate over-billing, prime minister warns authorities

By Ayaz Akbar Yousafzai & Web Desk
May 28, 2024
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif (left centre) chairs a meeting on load management and power theft in Islamabad, on May 28, 2024. — PID
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif (left centre) chairs a meeting on load management and power theft in Islamabad, on May 28, 2024. — PID

ISLAMABAD: In a bid to provide relief to masses amid the ongoing heatwave, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif Tuesday directed the authorities concerned to minimise the loadshedding through better load management.

The prime minister, chairing a meeting on load management and power theft, reiterated that the government would strictly deal with the power thieves and that the ongoing mission against them would be taken to the logical end.

Vowing to hold a monthly review of the power theft situation, he asked the provincial governments, law enforcement agencies, and other departments to extend their support in the anti-power theft drive in the national interest and for the country’s progress.

The prime minister told the participants of the meeting that the government in no way would tolerate the over-billing.

He directed to accelerate the privatisation process of the power distribution companies by engaging the experts and formulating a strategy to solarise the tube wells in Balochistan.

During the briefing on load management and power theft issue, the participants were informed that under a joint strategy formulated following a conversation between Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Ali Amin Gandapur and federal minister for power, it had been agreed to reduce load shedding and line losses and ensure recovery of dues from defaulters in the province.

It was told that areas with more power theft and line losses and low recovery ratio were being subjected to load shedding and that the upgradation of the south-north power transmission line would help improve the system.

The meeting's participants were told that task forces were being formed at provincial and divisional levels to eliminate power theft, which would undergo a weekly performance review.

The meeting was attended by federal ministers Ahad Khan Cheema, Muhammad Aurangzeb, Dr Musaddik Malik and Awais Ahmed Leghari, Minister of State Ali Pervaiz Malik, Coordinator to PM Rana Ehsan Afzal, WAPDA chairman and relevant senior officers.

The provincial chief secretaries and inspector generals of police joined the meeting via video link.