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The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Peshawar Electric Supply Company Limited (PESCO) has raised concern amid attacks by public representatives on grid stations. The PESCO chief said that the attacks caused heavy financial loss to the company.

CEO PESCO raised the concerns in a letter dated 19th June 2024, addressing the Managing Director (MD) of Power Planning and Monitoring Company (PPMC) Islamabad.

“It is submitted for your information that as a general and especially during Eid Holidays, Fazle Elahi (MPA) and Arbab Aamer Ayub (MNA) along with a mob attacked 132KV Grid Station Rehman Baba, and 132KV Grid Station Kohat Road on the following events and forcefully/ unlawfully restored the supply of 11KV high loss feeders with large quantum of receivables beyond the scheduled load management hours.

“The action on part of MNA and MPA caused heavy financial loss to PESCO,” read the letter.

The letter added that the MPA and his team stayed for a long time in the grid stations to refrain the staff from switching off high-loss feeders.

“Similarly, on the same day, Zulfiqar (MNA) along with mob forcefully energized 11KV feeders at 132KV Grid Station Taru Jaba and 132KV Grid Station Pabbi repeated the same actions as narrated above besides chanting slogans and instigating the mob to strictly watch the status of feeders and harassing the staff on duty not to open the feeders otherwise threatening for dire consequences, that can be visibly watched in the videos on social media,” it read.

“Similar action was done by Wasim and Arshad Nazim Glozai by forcefully energizing the feeders at 132KV Grid Station Dalazak besides blockade of motorway and un-easing the general public travelling through it.

“Besides the above, Inam Mayor Mathra forcefully entered the 132KV Grid Station Warsak and unlawfully energized all the high-loss feeders during Eid days. He has also shifted high-loss areas on good-paying feeders illegally,” read the letter.

The PESCO chief said the elected representatives along with the mob have made it a routine matter to enter the grid stations and “acted unlawfully by switching on the high loss feeders”.

“These incidents are not only encouraging people/mob to forcefully enter the grid stations and switch on the feeders causing high financial loss to PESCO /state but also creating frightening and threatening situations for PESCO officers/officials’ staff to run the system smoothly.

“Furthermore, the switching operation of 11KV switchgear by un-trained / irrelevant people may cause blasting of equipment and all the grid stations are at high risk,” it warned.

PESCO said that it has requested lodging of First Information Reports (FIRs) to concerned police stations against the concerned Members of National and Provincial Assemblies.

Earlier, CM Khyber Pakhtunkhwa severely criticised the federal government for the hour-long electricity load shedding in the province after protests erupted in major cities on the third day of Eidul Azha amid the heatwave.

Speaking at a news conference in Dera Ismail Khan on Wednesday, CM Gandapur after handing the schedule for 12-hour load shedding to the grid station officials accused Wapda officials of mistreating KP people.

The CM said, “Firstly, I want the money of the province to be paid to it and if it is not paid we will inform the IMF that they are getting money in our name but not paying to us,” he maintained.

In a related development, Federal Interior Minister Mohsin Naqvi and KPK Chief Minister held a telephonic discussion on Wednesday to address the loadshedding crisis in the province.

Both leaders agreed to hold consultation and negotiations on the issue of 12 hours loadshedding in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa during the next two days.

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Usman Jun 20, 2024 05:13pm
Gandapur did what imran did to pakistan economy.destroyed it.
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Zahoor uddin Jun 20, 2024 05:31pm
When people are paying "CAPACITY " charges to these Discos, it's their right to have electricity. What is the reason to do load shedding in spite of excess electricity?
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Umair Jun 20, 2024 07:35pm
It is to be noted this isn't because of 1, 2 or even 10 hour but almost 16 hours of load shedding in some areas.
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Shahbaz Ali Jun 20, 2024 10:00pm
When 80% of the people in a locality have the audacity to not pay bills, why do they expect electricity at all? These same people spend 150k to buy an AC but do not pay bills.
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Shahbaz Ali Jun 20, 2024 10:01pm
When 80% of the people in a locality have the audacity to not pay bills, why do they expect electricity at all? These same people spend 150k to buy an AC but do not pay bills.
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Jawad Jun 21, 2024 12:45am
@Usman, yes pmln and pdm did a very good progress. Dollar reached to 275 and same petrol prices. Think about pakistan not about party.
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Kashif ALI Jun 21, 2024 01:26am
KPK is the true reflection of lawless Afghanistan. Electricity thieves must be taken to task in the harshest possible manner. They don't deserve any basic necessity of life.
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Kashif ALI Jun 21, 2024 01:28am
Electricity is never the basic right of those people who don't pay the bills, who steal the electricity. The heavy loss feeders were energized forcibly by people (thieves, corrupt and defaulters).
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Shahid Jun 21, 2024 07:37am
I wonder why Imran Khan did not pay the dues to KP Govt when he was PM. Why KP Govt is asking Center now? Looks like a political stunt only. Causing more disharmony in the country.
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Javed Jun 21, 2024 07:55pm
They r habitual in stealing electricity Army/ FC should be deployed for the safety of staff & equipment this is the only solution
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Zakawat Jun 21, 2024 09:21pm
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Kadhif Jun 21, 2024 09:57pm
Why all feeders were closed? I think enough was enough for public.
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Salman Farooq Jun 22, 2024 02:20pm
The "losses" are not myproblem, PESCO shall make a mechanism to control it. If they cant make a way out of this, then why are they sitting in those offices.
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Salman Farooq Jun 22, 2024 02:22pm
So much advancement in technology worldwide but we still this useless excuse of line losses. If I am paying so I shall not bear the consequenses of others' acts.
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