KP govt and Federal Ministry of Water & Power agreed to
constitute a committee to resolves issues
Chitral Times Report
PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government and Federal
Ministry of Water and Power have agreed to form a high level joint
committee for chalking out a strategy to address the issues of
power outages and other WAPDA and PESCO related problems.
The committee will devise such an efficient and sustainable system
which could considerably reduce the power load shedding in the
province by utilizing the full share of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in total
electricity production. The committee will also formulate a plan
for controlling electricity stealing with help and assistance of
the provincial government and also recommend measures for timely
completion of Wapda schemes, establishment of new grid stations and
early repairs of faulty power transformers. The committee will
comprised of the provincial ministers for Energy and Information
Technology, Minister of State for Water and Power, KP Secretary
Energy, Managing Director PEPCO, another high ranking officer of
Wapda and two senior retired officers of Wadpda.
The consensus was evolved at a high level meeting of Khyber
Pakhtunkhwa government and Federal Ministry of Water and Power. The
meeting was held at CM Secretariat, Peshawar, Monday, with Khyber
Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak in the chair.
Minister of State for Wate and power, Abid Sher Ali, Khyber
Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Energy, Atif Khan, Minister Information
Mushtaq Ahmed Ghani, Minister for information Technology, Shahram
Khan Tarakai, Chief Secretary, Amjad Ali Khan, ACS, Dr. Hamad Agha,
Secretary Energy Ali Raza Bhutta, Managing Director, PEPCO, Umer
Rasul, CEO PESCO, Syed Fazal, GM technical Fida Ahmad Khan and
other concerned officers also attended the meeting.
During the meeting both sides discussed the issue of the power
outages and other electricity related problems in the province. The
Chief Minister highlighted the problems being faced by the people
of the province due to unprecedented power load shedding and urged
the federal government to ensure provision of full share of the
total power production to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in accordance with the
provisions of the Constitution of Pakistan. The meeting took
several important decisions for addressing these issues and the
provincial government assured its full cooperation in this respect.
Discussing payment of outstanding dues to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on
account of net hydel profit and the arrears thereof, it was decided
that a Memorandum of Understanding in this regard would be
finalized in Islamabad next Thursday in presence of the federal and
KP government representatives.
Welcoming the KP government proposals for overcoming the power
crisis, Minister of State, Abid Sher Ali appreciated the efforts of
the Chief Minister in this regard. Admitting existence of corrupt
elements in Wapda, he assured that his ministry would implement the
power distribution and anti theft system in letter and spirit once
it was devised by the joint committee. He also assured to complete
the grid stations of Nowshera and Mardan regions within one year.
Chief Minister Pervez Khattak stressed for providing 13.5 percent
share in total electricity generation and assured full cooperation
of the provincial government for eliminating the power stealing.
He, however, urged Wapda to show seriousness for resolving this
issue. He was of the view that both sides should amicably try to
address the issue instead of leveling allegations on each other
adding that the provincial government was ready to cooperate with