QUETTA - Managing Director of Pakistan Electric Power Company (PEPCO) Tahir Basharat Cheema has said the government has decided to establish three power plants in the country to ensure smooth electricity supply to consumers on cheaper prices. Speaking at a news conference, he said the PEPCO has also talked with Iranian government about import of 1,000 megawatt electricity to overcome power crisis in Pakistan. He said feasibility reports by both the Iranian and Pakistani officials have been submitted in this regard. Another agreement about electricity supply of 100 megawatt to Balochistans coastal belt from Iran was signed just last week that will cover the power demand of the region, he added. He said Asian Development Bank will provide a loan of nine billion rupees to Quetta electric supply company in three instalments for improvement of power infrastructure and upgradation of system in Balochistan. He said the current power demand in Balochistan is 1150 mega watt but the supply is only 750mega watt due to system constraints. He said the loadshedding in the province would come to an end following completion of 220 KV double-circuit Dadu-Khuzdar and Dera Ghazi Khan - Loralai transmission lines. Small power stations will soon be established in Quetta, Sibi and Khuzdar to meet the power demands of these cities he informed. Tahir Basharat Cheema said they had to bear a loss of 400 million rupees in eighteen different incidents of sabotage in Balochistan over the past one year. He said the plan of establishing rental power plant in Quetta has been wrapped up due to security threats as no foreign company is willing to execute the project due to law and order situation in the province. The PEPCO managing director underlined the need for promotion of bill-payment culture in Balochistan saying that the non-payment of bills by the consumers is one of the big reasons of financial constraint being faced by Qesco. Referring to electricity theft in Balochistan, he said there are 1100 illegal tube wells operating in the province which are consuming power around 100 mega watt. He, however, affirmed that all such unlawful connections would be uprooted. About the use of coal for power generation, he said a pilot project of 50 mega watt coal power plant would soon be established in Punjab for which coal would be obtained from Balochistan. Another such plant with a capacity of 1200 mega watt, he added, would be set up in Sindh.