BAHAWALPUR

Federal Minister Education Baligur Rehman said that the government was taking major steps under a comprehensive plan to control the energy crisis.

Work at various power generation projects was in progress, he said during a meeting held at Wapda Complex here regarding the electricity crisis. He said that the completion of Neelum, Jehlum projects, Dasoo Dam and Quaid-i-Azam Solar Park would help reduce loadshedding of electricity. He advised Wapda officials and staff to behave properly with the consumers and play their role in resolving their problems.

He said that Wapda would be provided with safety gadgets, stores and offices for replacement of traditional methods. He praised Mepco Bahawalpur, and said that it deserves to be praised for the provision of better facilities for the public and in rectifying their problems. He said that efforts were being made for the establishment of Bahawalpur Electric Company which will improve the system of energy division.

Earlier, Mepco Chief Engineer said that a transformer workshop was being established at a cost of Rs50 million where monthly 300 transformers could be repaired while completion of new store was in the last phases.

He said that Mepco Circle had 5 operational divisions according to which more than 700,000 connections are given. He added that in the last 7 months, line losses had been reduced thereby saving Rs56 million while in one month, 385 cases of electricity theft surfaced and Rs2.4 million fines were imposed.