Senate panel for making Discos ‘autonomous’

ISLAMABAD: A Senate panel headed by Senator Nauman Wazir Khattak Wednesday directed the Power Division to make Distribution Companies (Discos) autonomous in real terms, allowing them to enforce loadshedding in proportion to losses and stop supply to those who steal electricity.

These recommendations of a single-member panel came during a meeting convened to discuss line losses, theft of electricity, and to suggest technical and administrative measures to eliminate theft in various Discos and viability of outsourcing of high-loss feeders; and as a test case Pesco be handed over to KPK. The CEOs of Gepco, Fesco, Mepco, Hesco and Pesco were taken live via video link.

“From today you are free to do whatever you want to do with respect to load shedding but you cannot lose billions of rupees each months,” Khattak directed Discos’ CEOs.

Published in Business Recorder, 12th July, 2018