LAHORE – Lahore Electric Supply Company (LESCO) would introduce online application system for new connections in the year 2017 for its industrial and domestic users.

This was stated by the Chief Executive Officer of LESCO Wajid Ali Kazmi while speaking at the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The LCCI President Abdul Basit and Vice President Muhammad Nasir Hameed Khan also spoke on the occasion while former Vice President Syed Mahmood Ghaznavi, Executive Committee Members Mian Abdul Razzaq, Mian Zahid Javed, Mian Muhammad Nawaz, Muhammad Arshad Chaudhry, Moazzam Rasheed, Syed Mukhtar Ali and renowned businessman Mian Aziz ur Rehman Chan were present in the meeting.

Kazmi showed total commitment to purge LESCO of all ills including power thefts, power breakdowns and corruption, CEO LESCO said that online application system for new connections would not make all the process very easy but human links would also be abolished.

He said that initially this system would be started from the general consumer in around 191 subdivisions. He said that line losses are being reduced while recovery is getting better. “He said that LESCO has set the target to bring the line losses to the single digit”, he added.

The LESCO chief said mobile meter reading has helped reduce line losses. Soon big consumers would also come in this setup and a new software is being introduced in this regard.

He said that LESCO is contributing 25% in the total revenue generation of the distributions companies. He said that 0.7 million new meters are being purchased and 1.80 lakh out of order meters would be replaced with the new ones.

“Load shedding free era would be started by the end of 2017 as 10,000 MW of electricity would be inducted into the system”, he added and called for energy saving saying that saving one MW of electricity is much cheaper than its generation.

The LCCI President Abdul Basit said that situation of the power supply is far better and industry is getting almost interrupted electricity but its high prices should be brought down. He said that line losses and electricity theft are the major reasons of energy crisis, therefore, line losses should be brought down to single digit from existing 14 percent.-Online