Delhi’s power distribution impresses Pakistan officials

June 25th, 2008 - 10:53 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, June 25 (IANS) Pakistan’s Water and Power Secretary Muhammad Ismail Qureshi would like to replicate the power distribution system in the Indian capital in his country. “Power distribution in Delhi and satisfaction of consumers were the two things that impressed us very much. We need to replicate all this in our country too,” Qureshi told reporters here Wednesday.

The Pakistani official visited the state-of-the-art supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) centre of the city’s power distribution firm, BSES Limited.

“Power management in Delhi is quite good,” he admitted, adding that Pakistan too has privatized power distribution in Karachi, and would cover more cities in near future.

“In the past five years, persistent reforms have reduced distribution losses from 27 percent to 21 percent in Pakistan,” he said.

He visited the SCADA centre along with Azeem Daultana, member of Pakistan’s National Assembly, Arif Alluddin, chief executive of Alternative Energy Development Board, and Shah Jahan, director of Private Power and Infrastructure Board.

“Our visit was aimed at understanding each other’s needs in the power sector. We need to learn and unlearn from each other, and should continue to look for possibilities for cooperation,” Qureshi said.

Pakistan has sought India’s help in various fields such as power, agriculture, e-governance and infrastructure, and supported the proposed $7.4 billion India-Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline.

A high-level delegation led by Pakistan’s Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Salman Faruqui discussed the roadmap for manifold cooperation with Indian planners here Tuesday.

The delegation was in Mumbai Monday, where it met government officials and representatives of India’s major industrial houses.

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