This refers to a photograph captioned “WAPDA linemen repair power cables without safety gear in Gilgit,” that was published in your paper on May 21. The caption of the photograph is erroneous in nature and contrary to the facts. It is explained that Gilgit-Baltistan has its own power department which is responsible for all matters related to electricity, including the maintenance and repair of its infrastructure, and the transmission and distribution in the areas falling under the administrative control of the government of Gilgit-Baltistan. WAPDA has got nothing to do with it.

Moreover, it is placed on record that all matters related to electricity in all the four provinces including FATA, but excluding Karachi, are under the domain of PEPCO. It has been explained many a time, that after bifurcation of its Power Wing in 2007, WAPDA’s mandate is limited to construction of new dams and hydropower projects, and operation and maintenance of the existing hydel power stations.

Various entities dealing with matter of electricity such as thermal power generation, transmission and distribution of electricity, load-shedding, line losses, recovery of electricity bills, payment to the Independent Power Producers (IPPs) and other organizations etc. include Pakistan Electric Power Company (PEPCO), Central Power Purchasing Agency (CPPA), Power Generation Companies (GENCOs), National Transmission and Despatch Company (NTDC), and Power Distribution Companies (DISCOs).

We hope that this distinction between mandate and functions of WAPDA and power sector entities will be kept in view in all forms of news contents.

MUHAMMAD ABID,

Director Public Relations, WAPDA,

Lahore, May 21.