Iesco chief orders end to loadshedding for industry
Islamabad – Electric Supply Company (IESCO) Chief Executive Officer Basit Zaman has issued orders to his officers to immediately end loadshedding for the local industry.
He issued these orders during a meeting with a delegation of Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry that called on him led by President Sheikh Amir Waheed. He said though smog had created some disturbances in power supply, however, IESCO has sufficient electricity and assured that industry would not be subjected to any loadshedding in normal circumstances.
Basit Zaman said IESCO was setting up Call Center to handle complaints that would help in timely redress of consumers’ complaints. He said IESCCO was working to renovate/upgrade its electricity systems in markets, however, he clarified that in case of burning of a transformer in market, it was the responsibility of concerned owner to arrange its replacement. About provision of commercial connections to high rise buildings, he said IESCO has not banned connections, but NOC of CDA was required to provide such connections. He said IESCO would soon start sending meter reading to consumers through SMS so that they could ensure timely payment of bills. He said for timely redressal of complaints, consumers should avail IESCO’s Roshni Service 8398 that pursued the matter till its resolution. He assured that IESCO would keep taking measures to facilitate its commercial, industrial and domestic consumers.
Speaking on the occasion, Sheikh Amir Waheed, President Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said that only in Islamabad, the industry was facing loadshedding from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm due to which production activities were suffering and IESCO should ensure uninterrupted power supply to local industry. He said old transformers and electric wires in markets caused interruptions in power supply and IESCO should look into these issues to facilitate the business community. He said many DBs of IESCO in markets and other places were without cover posing many risks to people and IESCO should ensure coverage of all DBs.
Muhammad Naveed, Senior Vice President, and Nisar Mirza, Vice President ICCI, said that IESCO was not providing permanent connections in Gulberg Green, Islamabad and it should look into this issue for remedial measures. In response, IESCO chief said that feeders should be made available and IESCO would provide the permanent connections.
Khalid Javed, Chairman Founder Group, stressed that IESCO should grant easy installments to sick industrial units so that they could be facilitated in payment of electricity bills. Tariq Sadiq, former President ICCI, urged that IESCO should ensure uninterrupted power supply to labor colonies in industrial areas to save them from problems. Zikria A Zia, Asher Hafeez, Raffat Farid, Khalid Chaudhry, Syed Adil Anis, and others also highlighted various issues that needed urgent attention of IESCO to facilitate the growth of business activities.