LAHORE – Wapda Chairman Syed Raghib Abbas Shah Wednesday called on Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf and briefed him about the progress on various projects being implemented in water and power sectors.

The Prime Minister directed Wapda Chairman for immediate redressal of the problems of Mangla Dam Raising and Neelum Jhelum Hydropower Project affectees. Underlining the significance of small and medium-sized dams for socio-economic uplift of the backward and far-flung areas through development of irrigated agriculture, Raja also directed the Chairman to expedite construction work on these projects including Ghabir, Naulong and Nai Gaj.

Furthermore, Syed Raghib Abbas Shah, in the wake of assuming the responsibility of Power Sector Coordinator, visited National Power Control Centre (NPCC), as first leg of series of his visits to review the power system, so as to bring in improvement through better administration and effective coordination. 

Speaking on the occasion, the Chairman said that besides providing relief to the electricity consumers, protection of the power system should be the top most priority of the system managers. He directed the officers concerned to have close coordination not only with the power producers but also with the power distribution companies across the country.

Terming the NPCC a nerve centre for the entire power system, the Chairman said that utmost care be taken in operating the system, particularly while shifting the load from one line to the other.

 He also stressed upon the need to devise an efficient protection system to avert any untoward incident.

 A quick responsive automated mechanism must be in place in the shortest possible time so that any major break down like that of February 24, 2013 could be avoided, he said.

The Chairman said that the overall power situation will further improve as a result of the measures being taken by the Government. He expressed the hope that power generation will increase with the improved hydrological conditions in the days to come.

He directed the NPCC

to strictly adhere to the policy guidelines framed by the Water and Power Ministry for load management in the country.

Earlier, the Chairman was briefed about the systems and functioning of NPCC.