PESHAWAR - Chief Executive Peshawar Electric Supply Company (PESCO) Mohammad Wali said on Tuesday that Pesco with USAID help they would soon start work on a plan to overcome technical line losses in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Line losses are too much and there is a need to overcome them, he said. Loadshedding was being carried out owing to a huge gap between supply and demand.

However, power outages carried out in Peshawar was eight hours only, from 12 to 14 hours in rural areas, while 16 hours loadshedding in localities where there is much electricity theft and non-recovery to Pesco, he informed.

He said that provincial government had so far paid 72 percent of dues payable to Pesco by February 2012. Owing to water scarcity, power generation through hydel had decreased up to 700 megawatts, as currently water level had reached to a dead point in Turbela dam, he said. At present total power demand is about 18000megawatts in the country. KP consumption was not more than 2700megawatts; he said adding only 10percent recovery was not carried out and it was expected that soon the 100 percent recovery would be ensured.

Pesco Chief Executive Mohammad Wali said this while talking to media persons here at Wapda House, where, a reception has been arranged in the honour of newly elected office bearers of Peshawar Press Club and Khyber Union of Journalists.

Flanked by GM Malak Mohamamd Saeed Awan, Chief Engineer Perviz Akhtar Shah, Director PR Shaukat Afzal, Director HR Khurshed Orakzai, Wali Mohammad said that currently, a total of 6500megawatts power was being generated, which was not enough to meet the target and that was why load shedding was being carried out. He said that “No water no power generation”.