QUETTA - PEPCO Managing Director Tahir Basharat Cheema has said that effective steps were being taken to overcome electricity problem in Balochistan. Over 73 per cent work has been completed on Dadu-Khuzdar Double Circuit Transmission Line which would supply 450Megawatt electricity to the province after being completed. He expressed these views while addressing a press conference, flanked by Chief Executive QESCO Engineer Shafiq Kattak, here at QESCOs headquarters, on Saturday. MD PEPCO informed that 188 incidents of damaging electricity installations had been occurred during last year and added that 18 subversive attacks carried out on the installations of 220KV. The pylons damaged in subversive incidents would take some time to be repaired, he said and adding that I had met with the Chief Secretary Balochistan, IG police and other concerned authorities and asked them to provide security to the QESCOs staff when they do repairing work and increase patrolling on those areas where power pylons could be attacked easily. Cheema said that tribal elders had also assured of full cooperation in protecting power pylons and added that due to damage of two main circuits some 20 days earlier, agriculture and other sectors of Balochistan were affected. Referring to new projects, he informed that 73 per cent work had been completed on Dadu-Khuzdar Double Circuit Transmission Line of 220KV and it would be completed till June 2011. After completion of this project the supply of electricity to Balochistan will increase to 450Megawatt, he added. Similarly, he said that work was also in full swing on Dera Ghazi Khan-Loralai 220KV which would provide 220Megawatt extra electricity to the province and added that an agreement of purchasing 100 Megawatt electricity from Iran was also singed out. Referring to rental power plants, Cheema said that Iranian and Chinese experts were not willing to come Balochistan therefore, he said that PEPCO would itself set up power plants in Balochistan while assistance would be sought from friends of Pakistan in this connection. Two power plants of coal would be set up in Khuzdar and Sibi, he added. He said that owing to deteriorating law and order situation, Independent Power Producers (IPPs) were not ready to come Balochistan and added that the sabotage activities had inflicted a loss of Rs 700 million to WAPDA. Responding to a question, he said that the repairing work of damaged power pylons of Balochistan would be completed before July 9.