Senate Standing Committee on Power in its meeting was briefed by CEO TESCO on the utilisation of funds, allocation by the previous government through SDGs for electrification of villages in various erstwhile tribal districts during the last five years along with reasons for not carrying out the work despite the fact that funds were released and material was also procured. The Committee was told that 368.06 m were allocated, 252.717 m utilised and the balance is of 115.343 m. Funds were received in April 2018 but ECP imposed ban on development projects due to general elections 2018 and execution was stopped. The committee was assured that 100% progress and utilisation will be completed by December 2020.
The Committee expressed strong disapproval of continuous absence of CEO K-Electric and decided to issue summons if this attitude persists. The Committee observed that people of Karachi are facing unending problems when it comes to power supply and the company should be taken to task.
The matters of suspension and transfer of 3 HESCO officials, inquiry into alleged offensive behaviour and excessive billing by XEN and SDO of SEPCO, heavy bills sent to the affectees of floods in Mirani dam in district Kech, new grid station at Jaura Kalan were also discussed.
The Committee was held under the chairmanship of Senator Fida Muhammad here at the Parliament House on Tuesday and was attended among others by Senators Molvi Faiz Muhammad, Maula Bakhsh Chandio, Agha Shahzaib Durani, Hilal ur Rehman, Mirza Muhammad Afridi, Hidayatullah, Mushahidullah Khan, Muhammad Akram, Ghous Niazi.