ISLAMABAD: Caretaker Prime Minister Justice (R) Nasir-ul-Mulk on Tuesday directed Ministry of Power to take steps to curtail loss in the power sector to improve overall system efficiency and sustainability of the power sector.

He said this during a briefing on power sector at the Prime Minister’s Office. The briefing was attended by Secretary Power division, MD PEPCO, MD NTDC and other senior officials.

Secretary Power division briefed the prime minister about overall outlook of the power sector including generation, transmission and distribution of electricity in the country. He was also briefed about the current as well as anticipated power demand and supply situation.

Nasir-ul-Mulk was informed that as compared to 18753MW in 2013, the current available generation capacity stands at 28704MW. It was informed that due to weather conditions and the resultant reduced water supply, the hydel generation in May 2018 remained at 3090 MW as compared to 6333 MW in 2015. It was informed that every effort is being made to ensure strict implementation of the load management plan which was approved by the Cabinet for the holy month of Ramzan.

“Discussing administrative and technical issues resulting in high system losses and power theft,” Mulk expressed concern over the huge losses in various DISCOs and directed Power Ministry to immediately start taking steps for the curtailment of these losses.

He said that every effort would be made by the federal government to get the required administrative support from the provincial government towards addressing enforcement issues in the power sector.

Mulk further observed that a comprehensive plan should be prepared which would help the next elected government in further improving efficiency and sustainability of the sector.