ISLAMABAD - The govt yesterday admitted that no area is exempted from loadshedding and feeders with 100 per cent recovery are also facing power outages.

“In cities 6 to 8 hours loadshedding is taking place while rural areas are facing 10 to 12 hours loadshedding,” said Additional Secretary Ministry of Water and Power Umer Rasul while briefing the Sub-Committee of the National Assembly.

The Committee, which met with its Convener Nawab Muhammad Yousuf Talpur in the chair, reviewed the performance of different DISCOs of Sindh vis-a-vis incomplete schemes, initiated by the previous govt.

Umer Rasool said that more load-management was being carried out in areas of high losses. “Even feeders with 100 per cent recovery are facing loadshedding,” he admitted.

The Sub-Committee was apprised that there would be sufficient power generation by 2017 to bridge existing shortfall of 5,000MW-6,000MW in the country. 

He said: “We have asked the companies to reduce the loadshedding and provide relief to the masses.”

Umer Rasul informed the Committee that various power projects were under process and there would be no problem of generation by 2017-18. He said that the performance of all power distribution companies (DISCOs) was also being enhanced to cope with challenges of recoveries after surplus power generation by 2017 and early 2018.

Briefing the panel, the Chief Executive Officer Hyderabad Electric Supply Company (HESCO) informed that the company owed Rs 400 million to WASA.

He said that the President of Chamber of Commerce and Industry is defaulter of Rs 350 million and the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has tried to recover the amount but the local MPA created hurdles. The govt offices are using electricity through illegal connections, kunda system, he said, adding, that even police line was also reportedly getting electricity through kunda system.

The CEO HESCO told that cash recovery witnessed 15 per cent increase while losses were also dropped by 10 per cent. The HESCO chief also denied any ghost employees in the company. He said that FIA had sought record in recruitment which was officially provided to the agency.

The Chief Executive of Sukkur Electric Supply Company while briefing the committee said that the recovery is 60 per cent in Sukkur but despite the notice of eight to 10 hours loadshedding but actually 12 to 14 hours loadshedding is taking place.

The Committee was further informed that zero loadshedding was observed on three feeders of Khairpur to enhance recoveries. However, the recoveries decreased further.

MNA Syed Kazim Ali Shah said that unannounced loadshedding is taking place which is not good and the Ministry should take notice of the situation.

The meeting was also attended by MNAs Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah and Syed Kazim Ali Shah and other officials.