Mohammad Arshad Islamabad
Minister for Energy Hamad Azhar, Monday, said that the main focus of the present government was to improve the transmission structure so that more mega watts could be added to the National grid.
Although the transmission lines are gradually replaced, much work needs to be done to improve the transmission structure in Pakistan.
Briefing the National Assembly Standing Committee on Energy (Power Division), he said that due to the shortage of water in Tarbela Dam and tripping at different points in the transmission Lines, forced load shedding was done in different areas of the Country.
As the supply of coal to the power plants has been restored, and water surface in Tarbela has imrpved, the load shedding all over the country has considerably been reduced.
He further told that for the fist time, 24500 MW has been transmitted through the current transmission system.
On the complaint of the Members from KPK, the Minister promised to have an enquiry for the forced load shedding especially in District Buner and surrounding areas.
The Minister also committed that in future regarding employment in DISCOs, the local people of that particular area will be given preference.
Later the committee also formed a four member a Sub-Committee under the convenership of MNA Lal Chand to discuss and recommend for resolving the issues faced by the legislators with respect to Karachi Electric Comply (KE), DISCOs and GENCOs of Sindh.
Other members of sub-committee include Syed Ghulam Mustafa Shah, Engr. Sabir Hussain Kaim Khani and Saira Bano.