11, 000MW electricity to be added to grid by June 2018: Awais Leghari

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Power Awais Ahmed Leghari on Tuesday said that after the completion of the mega hydel-power project of Neelum Jhelum, a total of 11,000-megawatt electricity will be added to the national grid by June 2018, to address the issue of load shedding.

Speaking to a launch ceremony of Roshan Pakistan application in Islamabad, he said the government, for the first time in the country’s history, has given an excess of information to the public for maintaining transparency and provision of accurate information.

He said that the mobile application will give access to the consumers for vital information on billing and power supply situation.

He said that now after launching of the app, feeder to feeder information would be collected for maintaining transparency and accountability in the country.

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He said any consumer can get the update through this application about billing, net metering and feeder wise information about the supply of electricity. It would also serve as bill calculator.

He said the app would provide information about all the ten distribution companies and any consumer can have access to it by entering his consumer number.

Replying to questions by the reporters, the minister said the power division was proud that four thousand and five hundred megawatts surplus electricity was available in the national grid.

He said in the next summer season, additional power generation would be available than its demand. Awais Leghari said the problem of overbilling would be resolved once the law on the subject passed by the Senate.

He said the law provides a punishment of three years imprisonment for overbilling and has already been passed by the National Assembly. The federal minister said that with great effort, the government has been able to bridge the demand and supply gap.

While, highlighting the main features of the mobile app, secretary power division Yousaf Nasim Khokhar said that app was bilingual to facilitate the consumers in both English and Urdu language.

 

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