FAISALABAD: State Minister for Water and Supply Abid Sher Ali stated on Monday that there would be no load-shedding during Sehr and Iftar timings in during Ramadan 2017.
Ali said measures would also be taken for better load management especially during Taraveeh and other prayer timings.
Talking to the media persons at FESCO Headquarters, he said that all power distribution companies had been directed to make arrangements for providing uninterrupted electricity supply during Sehr and Iftar. He said the government was utilizing all available resources for maintenance and improvement of power distribution system.
In this connection, Rs 15 billion were being spent on the upgradation of FESCO system, he stated. The state minister observed that four years back, the rural areas were experiencing 10 or more hours of load-shedding daily but now the duration had been reduced up to 4-5 hours daily.
He said the present government had launched a number of projects in the energy sector due to which load-shedding would end completely from Pakistan by the end of this year, whereas the country would have surplus electricity from next year.
He said that Prime Minister Muhammed Nawaz Sharif was taking a keen interest in public welfare, besides taking steps for poverty alleviation from the country. He said the incumbent government had the privilege to initiate China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) which would bring revolution in all spheres of life including industrial, trade, business and agriculture sectors besides creating millions of job opportunities in the country.
He said that anti-state elements were hatching conspiracies to derail the development pace by hoodwinking the people on one pretext or the other. They are also trying to create a rift among state organs but they should realize that the people of Pakistan are well-aware of their nefarious designs, he said.
The people will also reject such elements in the coming general election because the nation had needed progress and prosperity not hollow slogans, he added. Abid Sher Ali criticized Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and said the PTI even could not establish a new school in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) despite the fact that it had been in power in the province for the last four years.
The present government would complete its constitutional tenure, he added. Responding to a question, he said that 181 trolleys mounted power transformers had been provided to Faisalabad Electric Supply Company (FESCO) and these would be used to replace the defective transformer in case of emergency.
Similarly, 1123 power transformers of various capacities were also present in FESCO Store and these would immediately be installed in place of burnt or defective transformers, he added.
The minister said that 66-KV grid stations were also being upgraded up to 132-KV and the project would help in ensuring uninterrupted power supply to consumers besides redressing their complaints regarding low voltages and non-issuance of electricity connections. -APP