Wednesday, February 8

Power companies focusing to improve cables distribution system; NA told

ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly was informed on Monday that electricity service cables from pole to meter in most of the urban areas are in good working conditions to limit the theft and losses within permissible limits.

Responding to a question during the Question Hour, Parliamentary Secretary for Energy Rana Iradat Sharif Khan said independent cables are installed to each individual connection. He said in some cases problems are there in remote and rural areas where service to service connections are installed.

He said aerial bundled cables are now being installed in theft prone areas to counter direct hooking as well as for ensuring safety. He said in narrow streets where cables cannot be secured properly, four-core cables are being installed after removal of individual cables.

The Parliamentary Secretary said the power distribution companies are focusing to properly secure and improve the distribution system cables. Answering a question, he said the cost of free supply of electricity to employees is borne by concerned power distribution companies.

Replying to a question, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Hina Rubbani Khar said that 2390 Pakistanis prisoners were released or deported from Saudi jails in last three years while another 426 were released from the United States in the same period.