15 suspended for violating loadshedding schedule

Islamabad – The government yesterday suspended 15 officials of six distribution companies for violating the load management schedule of the government.

Over a dozen officials, including two chief engineers, of Lahore Electric Supply Company (Lesco), Sukkur Electric Power Company (Sepco), Peshawar Electric Supply Company (Pesco), Gujranwala Electric Power Company (Gepco), Islamabad Electric Supply Company (Iesco) and Hyderabad Electric Supply Company (Hesco) have been suspended for carrying out more than scheduled loadshedding.

On account of violation of load management schedule two chief engineer/operation directors namely Muhammad Iqbal Khan Marwat, Pesco and Syed Mohabat Shah, Sepco, one deputy director Power Distribution Control (PDC) PESCO, Akhtar Hussain, one assistant engineer Pesco Siddique Ahmed and a number of grid station incharges are suspended.

Three grid station incharges in Lesco have been suspended they include Muhammad Afzal, Suleman Azad and Muhammad Tariq. Similarly, Haseebullah and Abdullah grid station incharges in Pesco are suspended. Tahir Hussain Shah grid station incharge in Gepco, Mohammad Miskeen and Ghulam Abbas grid station incharge Iesco and Hesco grid station incharge Allah Dino Solangi are placed under suspension on detection of violation of loadshedding schedule.

It is pertinent to mention here that government has recently announced zero loadshedding for around 61 percent feeders with less than 10 percent losses while decreased loadshedding on others. However officials in Discos are following their own course of action instead of the government guidelines regarding loadshedding. Now the government has initiated action against those officials who are violating the government instructions. The suspension orders have been issued by concerned authorities after the Power Information Technology Company (PITC) special monitoring unit detected violation of the loadshedding schedule being implemented from 4th December.

The PITC has been constantly monitoring the loadshedding and zero loadshdeding on all feeders through online system and the Discos have been directed to strictly adhere to the schedule. A special hotline has also been established to monitor and report the violation of the schedule. The power division has further directed the Discos to provide maximum relief to the consumers and any violation of the schedule set on the basis of losses and recovery will not be tolerated.

Meanwhile, a source in Power Division said that now PITC will be daily monitoring the load management and such action will be taken on daily basis.

The official said that instead of following the government load management plan, electricity is being provided to the high losses feeders or the industries located in mix feeders. It is corruption because the Industry located in the mix feeders are facing loadshedding and to avoid outages they are getting the help of Discos officials. The Discos officials are depriving the residential consumers of their due electricity and provide it to the Industries which causes more loadshedding even in the less losses feeders. Same is the case with loss making feeders where Discos officials are diverting electricity from the low losses feeders to high losses feeders, the official maintained.

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