LAHORE - Amid worst power crisis with over 5,000 MW electricity shortfalls in the country, Federal Minister for Water and Power Raja Pervaz Ashraf on Saturday vowed to bring reforms, saying modern technology would be introduced in the process of restructuring power and energy sector. A day after the PECPO dissolution, the Minister chaired a high level meeting at Wapda House and talked to mediamen. The sources said that the participants discussed high loadshedding situation in depth with senior officials as well as energy situation in the country. The same day city witnessed 8 to 10 hours loadshedding including four-hour long disappearance in one-go in some areas while in rural areas the suspension of power supply has reached up to 18 hours. The mystery behind the loadshedding was not being resolved when the officials of Lesco claimed all okay reports. The sources said that failure to make payment for furnace oil and shortage of water and gas has brought the total generation down to 11,090 MW against the current demand of 15,977 MW. Meanwhile, the meeting of Wapda officials focused on the power sector reforms announced on Friday by the Government and discussed various aspects including utilisation of present power plants to their optimum, provision of gas and oil for these power plants, improve monitoring for efficient transmission and distribution of electricity, reduce line losses and check theft of electricity. The Minister established a three-member taskforce to oversee provision of supplies to power plants so that their generation does not suffer on this count. The taskforce has also been directed to submit a comprehensive report to the Ministry on the measures taken by it to reduce loadshedding through increased power generation within seven days. The Minister directed Pepco to take emergent steps to rehabilitate old power plants, which are presently operating below their installed capacities so that power generation could be increased. Raja Pervez expressed the resolve of the Government to reduce all wasteful expenditure and check pilferages in the power sector for the benefit of the common man. Raja Pervez Ashraf directed senior officials that no employee should be adversely affected by the reforms as the welfare of the employees is the corner stone of the manifesto of the Pakistan Peoples Party. The meeting was informed that gas from Kandh Kot and Qadirabad gas fields have been affected while oil supplies have been reduced due to problems in Parco oil supply pipeline which was affected during floods. The Minister was also informed that alternate arrangement of oil supply to power plants is being arranged to ensure that power plants can continue generation. The Minister was also informed that AES Lalpir and Pak Gen having a capacity of 700 MW have still not come on production since they were also affected due to floods. The meeting was attended by WAPDA Chairman Shakil Durrni, Additional Secretary Ahsan Akhtar Malik, Pepco MD Rasul Khan Mehsood and other senior officers of Wapda and Pepco.