14 Jan 2002 – Pakistan’s Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) is negotiating with the Iranian government for purchasing electricity supply.
At a recent press conference, WAPDA chairman Lt-Gen Zulfiqar Ali Khan said he expected an agreement to be reached with the Iranian government soon and they are currently “negotiating on the tariff”. He said that the high rates demanded by the Iranian government had prevented the agreement from being concluded earlier. “This time, I am hopeful we will agree on a reasonable tariff,” he said.
He believes that WAPDA has made all necessary arrangements to ensure a smooth supply of electricity in the wake of threats of war. “We have divided the WAPDA system in different zones so that any interruption in power supply to one area should not affect the other areas.”
He also announced that line losses in the province have been reduced to 24.7 per cent from 42 per cent, while the number of electricity consumers has increased by six per cent.
WAPDA plans to spend 2.7bn rupees ($ 45m) on transmission lines in Makran division and 5.25bn rupees on improving the electricity infrastructure in Balochistan.