In a meeting held a few days ago, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government decided on turning Peshawar into a load-shedding-free city, following the successful implementation of this initiative in Mardan district. This forward-thinking endeavor reflects the government’s commitment to improving the quality of life for its citizens, boosting economic development, and enhancing the overall infrastructure in the region. The move not only highlights the importance of reliable electricity supply but also sets an inspiring example for other cities across Pakistan.
The decision to transform Peshawar into a load-shedding-free model city follows the successful execution of this initiative in Mardan district. Mardan’s journey to become a load-shedding-free model city involved a multi-pronged approach. This approach included infrastructure upgrades, enhanced electricity generation, and improved distribution mechanisms. The results have been tangible, with residents now enjoying consistent access to electricity, a luxury previously marred by frequent power outages.
It was told in the meeting that in a short period of one and a half months, the provincial task force has so far recovered more than Rs. 2.5 billion from the bill paying consumers. More than 200 million rupees from the elements involved in the heinous act of electricity theft.
Similarly, 28000 illegal electricity connections have been disconnected during more than 17000 raids in various areas of the province.
The head of the provincial taskforce, Additional Chief Secretary Interior Abid Majeed, expressed his satisfaction with the measures taken for the recovery of dues. He was satisfied with the prevention of electricity theft in Mardan district. The Additional Chief Secratory congratulated the taskforce for declaring Mardan a load-shedding free city.
He issued necessary instructions to achieve the set target by forming teams to Peshawar chief and police officials, along with the commissioner. The task force chief directed Pesco chief to intensify the drive against power theft in illegal housing societies and industrial areas.
He urged all the officers of the task force to speed up operations against the influential mafia without any fear to remove the impression among the public that operations are only conducted against poor electricity consumers.
He paid tribute to all the stakeholders on the provincial task force for their excellent performance and coordination on the national issue.
Peshawar’s ambitious steps
Extending the model city concept to Peshawar represents a significant and ambitious step. As the provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Peshawar is not only a major urban center but also the administrative and economic hub of the region. The decision to make it load-shedding-free aligns with the government’s vision of economic development and prosperity, as it will have far-reaching implications for residents and businesses alike.
The move to make Peshawar load-shedding-free has some significant economic implications. A consistent and uninterrupted power supply is essential for businesses to operate efficiently and for entrepreneurs to invest with confidence. Reducing power outages can stimulate economic growth, create job opportunities, and attract investment, ultimately improving the living standards of the city’s residents.
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government’s decision to make Peshawar a load-shedding-free model city is a testament to its commitment to improving the lives of its citizens. By extending the success of Mardan to the provincial capital, the government is sending a powerful message about its dedication to progress and innovation. As infrastructure upgrades and alternative energy initiatives take shape, Peshawar is poised to shine as a beacon of progress in Pakistan. This transformation not only serves as a model for other cities but also highlights the potential for cities to harness their full economic and social potential through stable and reliable electricity access.