Power Division has established two control rooms – one each at Islamabad and Lahore – to monitor, coordinate and take necessary steps, when required, to ensure uninterrupted electricity supply during polling and completion of counting across the country on July 25, 2018.
The control room at Islamabad will be supervised by Additional Secretary II, Waseem Mukhtar while Additional Secretary I, Dr. Aamir Ahmed will head the control room at Wapda House, Lahore. Secretary Power Division, Rizwan Memon will remain in close contact and monitor the overall situation in the country.
The monitoring teams will also keep updating caretaker Federal Minister for Energy, Syed Ali Zafar.
According to a spokesperson, Power Division has already issued necessary directions to National Power Control Center (NPCC) and all Discos to ensure uninterrupted power supply across country on polling day i.e. July 25, 2018 till completion of counting.
The spokesperson further stated that on directions of Power Division each Distribution Company has established special election control room at their headquarters. Operation Director of each Disco will sit in respective power dispatch centre for overall monitoring. Besides at each sub-division level special ground staff and emergency gangs have been deputed to attend any fault in their areas in order to ensure uninterrupted power supply on polling day. Additionally, all grid station staff and officers will remain on duty and vigilant to ensure grid station supply.
The Discos will keep emergency generators ready, which are already available, to meet any emergency. Industries will remain shut on polling day in order to meet any demand and supply gap. A well worked out plan has been prepared by all the Discos in coordination with NPCC to reduce load on feeders to avoid forced load shedding. The Discos have already provided additional material to regional and field stores which will remain open on polling day for issuance of same.
Discos have also been directed to ensure well equipped vehicles ready at each sub-division level besides ensuring ample quantity of transformers.