We reject the contention in your editorial note with the heading Highly deplorable (The Nation August 19, 2010) that domestic consumers were not being provided electricity during Sehr and Iftar. PEPCO which has been the hardest hit of all institutions due to unprecedented rains and floods in the country. PEPCO lost two invaluable lives while carrying out restoration work in flood-affected areas. Our human resource was stretched to the limit trying to restore electricity as quickly as possible. We can rightly claim success in restoring electricity in flood-affected areas way before other services even started their work. Power generation plants having a capacity of 2100 MW and some transmission systems had to be shutdown for safety reasons and there is, then, the matter of suspension of gas and oil supplies. The losses to our power system, installations and equipments is estimated at Rs. 10 billion. In view of this extraordinary situation, a new strategy had to be chalked out by PEPCO to use the available energy to ensure that electricity is provided to domestic consumers during Sehr and Iftar timings and the commercial traders right till 9 pm. in line with the decision of federal government and on instructions of the Prime Minister of Pakistan. The objective of providing uninterrupted electricity during Sehr and Iftar was achieved despite challenging circumstances and reduction in generation in power. It would, however, be pertinent to observe here that the facility of continuous supply during Sehr and Iftar is only mandatory for the domestic feeders. Domestic consumers connected to commercial, industrial or agriculture tube-well feeders would not generally be able to avail this facility. -SHAFQAT JALIL, Lahore, August 23.