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Event Title: Senator Azam Nazeer Tarar, Chairman Senate Standing Committee on Power Presiding over a Meeting of the Committee at Parliament House, Islamabad

Event Date: 2024-01-16

A meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on Power was held today at the Parliament House, chaired by Senator Azam Nazeer Tarar.

The Chairman Committee, aiming to prevent malpractice in the awarding of contracts, suggested that the Ministry of Energy (Power Division) may form an internal inquiry committee headed by the secretary power division to address issues related to pending projects, specifically the construction of a 765kV double circuit transmission line from Dasu Hydro Power Station to Islamabad and ADB project ACSR Bunting Conductor LoT-II A.  He advised the Secretary, Power Division to review previous reports and the tendering process in awarding of contracts in both projects and recommended submitting a comprehensive report within three weeks.

Moreover, the committee members also discussed in detail the petitioner’s complaint regarding the restoration of electricity in Mirani Dam Feeder, Dasht, District Kech. The petitioner expressed that for the past four years, more than 50 percent of consumers have been affected by the lack of electricity. In addition to this, there is no check and balance regarding meters and electricity bills. The CEO, QESCO, in his defense, explained that there has been frequent electricity theft and conductor theft, coupled with a lack of cooperation from the administration, which contributes to the issue. He also added that they had to bear 95% losses in this regard.

The Chairman of the committee, Senator Azam Nazeer Tarar, suggested to the secretary, Power Division that the issue be resolved on humanitarian grounds, as it is the moral responsibility of the authority to address the necessities of consumers. The secretary assured the committee members that he would consider the matter as a special case. The chairman of the committee also recommended that the CEO of Quetta Electric Supply Company (QESCO) provide a detailed report on why the issue has not been resolved for the last four years, who was responsible for malpractice, and measures taken by QESCO to restore the electricity in the area.

Furthermore, regarding the 236 Federal Government Power Sector Development schemes awarded to Multan Electric Power Company (MEPCO), it was briefed that the execution funds received amounted to Rs. 299.983 million. Under the Sustainable Development Goals Achievement Program (SAP), out of the 235 schemes, 39 are 100% completed, while 43 are partially completed. It was reported that these projects will be completed before February 8, 2024, and the CEO of Multan Electric Power Company (MEPCO) will provide a detailed report in the next meeting.

The Secretary, Power Division also discussed the strategy to reduce power tariffs, which have adversely affected businesses and crippled the export industry. He stated that they are considering various schemes and will rationalize a model to overcome this obstacle. The chairman of the committee suggested calling the Secretary of Finance to the next meeting to reevaluate the funds

The meeting was attended by Senator Bahramand Khan Tangi, Senator Zeeshan Khanzada, Senator Sana Jamali, Senator Fida Muhammad, Senator Saifullah Sarwar Khan Nyazee, the Secretary of the Ministry of Energy (Power Division), and senior officials from the Ministry of Energy (Power Division).