Steps underway to overcome outages by March 2018: Abid Sher Ali

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FAISALABAD, Aug 15 (APP): State Minister for Water and Power Chaudhary Abid Sher Ali on Monday said that elaborate measures are being taken to completely end power outages by March 2018.

He said that Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif was committed to making Pakistan load shedding free by 2018. Therefore, energy projects were being completed on war footing.

He said that a large quantity of electricity was being added to the national grid system after every two, three months besides establishing new grid stations to provide electricity connections to all applicants.

He said that a new grid station had also been installed at Chenab Nagar and it would be inaugurated during the next week.

He said that 98 per cent electricity cable passing near the houses and rooftops of residential buildings had been removed and the remaining work would also be completed soon.

He said that earlier defective transformers were sent for their repair to FESCO Headquarters, where there is already a heavy workload which causes unnecessary delay in repair of defective transformers.

Now, a new Transformer Repairing Workshop has been established at Sargodha to lessen the FESCO Headquarters burden, he said adding that new workshop would also help in removing defects from the transformers of Sargodha and its adjoining areas without unnecessary delay.

The minister further said that on the direction of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, open courts were being held regularly to hear public complaints and to take steps for their redress.
He asked the FESCO employees to work honestly, dedicatedly and efficiently as there is no room for corrupt, negligent, lethargic and delinquent elements in the power distribution company.