LAHORE  - The Lahore Electric Supply Company (LESCO) is facing severe shortage of technical staff to handle the issues of high over-billing, prolonged power loadshedding, excessive electricity theft, extra line losses and low recoveries.

This was stated by LESCO Chief Executive Officer Qaiser Zaman while speaking at the Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry. He said that LESCO is making all out efforts to overcome the line losses and situation is getting better with every passing day. He said that LESCO recoveries are also at record level while latest technology is being used to control line losses. He said that LESCO has decided to install 75000 smart meters that help control losses from outer circles. He said that a cell has been established for the monitoring of industrial connections.

The Lahore Electric Supply Company chief also appointed focal persons for the Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry to overcome the challenges of new connections, extension of load and over billing. He said that Technical Advisor LESCO Chaudhry Mohammad Anwar and Director Customer Service Mohammad Khalid would look into the issues of new connections and over billing.

Speaking on the occasion, the LCCI President Sheikh Muhammad Arshad conveyed the reservations of trade & industry to the LESCO chief and urged him to address these issues without any delay.

The LCCI President said that existing 14 percent line losses should be less than 10 percent as line losses are one of the biggest reasons of energy crisis.

He stressed the need for using latest technology to control electricity theft.

He said that heavy over billing is hampering the trade and economic activities and business community is deep trouble as electricity is the basic raw material of industrial sector and fluctuation in its prices affects the input cost.