Power sector losses

Published Nov 07, 2012 12:10am

THIS is apropos of the news about power sector losses. It is indeed unfortunate and mind-boggling that the losses have increased to 45 per cent. With such inefficient management, we can be sure that this menace of loadshedding will not leave us even in distant future.

When all other countries are making economic progress by leaps and bounds, Pakistan is pushing itself into dark ages, quite literally.

Even after pouring a staggering Rs1.5 trillion in the power sector over the last four years, the power woes kept climbing. Raja Pervez Ashraf, who was the minister for water and power, and is now the prime minister, despite tall claims, shies away from the media to answer questions regarding the deteriorating condition of power generation.

Government departments, including provincial governments and the military, are the biggest defaulters.

With the ever-rising price of furnace oil, no one should expect that cheap electricity be available to the people with all the non-payments, transmission and distribution losses and, last but not least, power theft.

A sincere effort must be made to get rid of the evils. Failure to do so will result in Pakistan having the dubious distinction of being the only country surviving in dark ages.

JAFFAR NAQVI Lahore

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Riaz Akbar
Nov 07, 2012 06:11am
I fully support Mr Jaffar comments and would like to add that we also suggest remedial measures in arresting 45 percent power losses as it reflects efficiency of WAPDA. I suggest that campaign on war footing be launched in power theft cases i.e. pilferage of meters, use of ' Kunda' (illegal connections). Appointments of MD's PEPCO must be based on effective checks on all types of malpractices in theft/ misuse of power. WAPDA employees must not be provided free electricity instead be given allowances as per their entitlements.