Quetta Electric Supply Company (QESCO), Engineer Karim Jamali on Wednesday said that Balochistan was facing a shortfall of around 1,000 mega watt. Talking to Quetta Voice in an exclusive interview, Mr. Jamali said the company was forced to conduct forced load shedding because of the increasing shortfall in the province.
QESCO Chief’s comments have come after protests against unannounced and prolonged load shedding in Quetta and other parts of Balochistan. “We are trying hard to meet growing demands of the consumers”, he said.
QESCO’s outstanding over Rs.4 trillion in Balochistan
Mr. Jamali revealed that outstanding of QESCO against consumers in Balochistan was over Rs. 4 trillion. “Most of the consumers don’t pay bills”, he claimed. The QESCO Chief thus asserted that the company was providing power supply to the consumers who pay their bills timely.
“We are conducting daily 200 mega watt forced load shedding”, he stated.
He claimed that the company was trying hard to bring an end to unannounced load shedding in Balochistan to address the grievances of the masses. “We are conducting daily 200 mega watt forced load shedding”, he stated. He however explained that the issue of forced load shedding can be ended if the federal government provided extra 800 mega watt in Balochistan.
712 feedars operating in Balochistan
He mentioned that there were a total of 712 feedars in Balochistan. When asked about the grievanes of the masses, he informed that QESCO has established control room to timely respond to the peoples complaints. Although, the consumers complain that the control room is not fully functional and they don’t get any response from QESCO.
Mr. Jamali mentioned that QESCO has established social media groups to easily interact with concerned officials regarding load shedding and bills issues. He however urged the people to cooperate with the company to bring an end to power theft in Balochistan.