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THE transmission and distribution system of the Lahore Electric Supply Company (Lesco) has become completely outdated to sustain the power load for more than an hour, a high official said on the condition of anonymity.

According to a very conservative estimate, the minor outages within the Lesco exceed over 50 under normal conditions, i.e. when the load supply is not that high and when the demand is also very consistent throughout the day.

Due to these outages, the power supply can be cut and electricity is not restored until the fault is corrected.
The transformers in Lesco system were so bogus that they could not bear the load even five minutes beyond one hour. Due to loadshedding, the transformers, which become too hot at the end of the hour, get some time to cool down during the hour of loadshedding; otherwise, they can explode due to heat. It is worth mentioning here that the blasting of the transformers is often seen by the citizens on roads.

The sources further said the transformers, once installed, is never maintained either because the lack of funds or sluggish behaviour on part of the authorities.

The fact that Lesco officials do not take the complaint calls from the public is proved by another fact that when this correspondent contacted Lesco CEO Saleem Akhtar fro his version, he did not attend the call despite repeated attempts. A text message was sent on his mobile but he did not reply.

Moreover, the sources said Lesco did not have the material for new connection so, how it could arrange the material for maintenance?

It is also relevant to mention here that Lesco is rather considered among the efficient of the Pakistan Electric Power Company (Pepco). So, it is a point to ponder that if an efficient sector is showing this kind of performance, then what will be the situation in others, which are not rated as efficient?

Lesco’s experienced CEO, Muhammad Azhar Iqbal, has been replaced by Saleem Akhtar thanks to the Ministry of Water and Power in consultation with Pepco Managing Director Tahir Bisharat Cheema on the principle of right man for the right job, as told by Pepco MD while talking on the phone with this correspondent, but apparently, no substantial decision or change has been seen in Lesco as yet by the new CEO. Even the situation has gone worse.

A resident of Saroba Garden, in Hamza Town Sub-Division of Lesco, told The News that his electricity went off at 3am the night between Thursday and Friday and it came back in the surrounding areas, but his locality and some other houses remained without electricity till 10am. He said he called a number of officials of Lesco but no one responded. He termed it as a clear example of serious flaws in the transmission system.

All of the above-mentioned problems exist because the parent company Pepco is badly entrenched in a ghastly circle of circular debt, which is piling up day by day. And this circular debt is due to expensive power purchased by Pepco from private thermal power plants, the one unit of which is far more costly than the hydel power or the thermal power produced by indigenous coal, which, unfortunately, has not been tapped as yet.

So, how a company (Pepco), having revenue of Rs 211 billion, can allot any money for the maintenance of its transmission and distribution system, when it does not even have an iota of money required to buy the fuel for its power plants.

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