The government has been working on war footings to bridge the power demand and supply gap and eliminate Kunda culture and power pilferage. Power theft is non-bailable offense and anyone involve in power theft will not be spared, declared State Minister for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali while addressing a performance review meeting of the Faisalabad Electric Supply Company (Fesco) at Fesco Headquarters here on Monday.

The meeting was attended by Fesco CEO Khurshid Alam, BoD Member Javed Kamal, General Manager (Operations) Tariq Mehmood, CE (Operations) Akhtar Ali Randhawa, CCO Rashid Aslam, Director HR M Naeemullah and FD M Iqbal Ghori.

The State Minister said that the government was working on long and short term projects so that uninterrupted power supply could be ensured to the consumer. He said that problems of the consumer should be solved at their doorsteps and strict action would be initiated against the lethargic officers and officials. He said that all the officers and official including CEO were accountable and ordered a survey of all government and educational institutions to ascertain their electricity need and shift them to solar energy.

Abid Sher warned that overbilling would not be tolerated anymore and strict action would be taken against the officers and officials involved in overbilling. He also directed a report on the establishment transformers’ repair workshop in far-flung areas in the Fesco jurisdiction so that transformer of these areas could be repaired within minimum time period. Earlier, Fesco CEO Khurshid Alam briefed the Abid Sher Ali about overall efficiency of the company. The State Minister admired the efficiency of the Company and directed to work hard to further improve the performance.

ENERGY CONSERVATION WALK: Speakers at a walk called for sensitising the public to energy conservation methods to overcoming the prevailing energy crisis.

The Energy Conservation Walk was arranged by the Fesco in collaboration with the University of Agriculture Faisalabad, Easy Paisa Telenor in front of New Campus. UAF VC Dr Iqrar Ahmad and Fesco Chief Engineer Haroon Rasheed and Director Syed Alam Dar Hussain and Telenor Director Najam Shahzad led the walk that was attended by a large number of students. Addressing on the participants, Dr Iqrar stressed the need for saving energy to rid the country of the crisis. He said that the country was blessed with enormous resources. The alternative energy methods need to be promoted that help the country make the progress rapidly. He said 3.8 MW solar power plant was being set up at Postgraduate Research Station (PARS) in a bid to promote the technology.

Fesco Chief Engineer Haroon Rasheed said that awareness among the masses regarding power conservation would help the country cope with the challenge. He said that the Fesco was making all-out efforts ensure power distribution modern pattern with minimum line loses. He was of the view that the Prime Minster Energy Savers Program will bring the tangible results.