LAHORE - National Transmission and Dispatch Company Limited (NTDCL) had to spend a hefty amount of Rs 500 billion on re-installation of electricity transmission towers and pylons damaged in the sabotage activities by miscreants most frequently in Balochistan.
The incidence of bomb blasts beneath the heavy towers and pylons as well as their blowing up by firing rockets is on the rise in the provinces of Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, as these are an easy target of the miscreants and terrorists because it is very difficult to guard each and every tower in the far-flung mountainous and desert areas, an NTDCL report revealed here Sunday.
The disconnection of 220KV circuit/transmission line inflict around Rs 30 million billing revenue loss per day, while 132KV line's closure causes up to Rs 10 million billing revenue loss per day to the national exchequer, besides a long time suspension of power supply to a number of districts of their domain, the report said. The blasting of towers also affects the load management schedule of respective distribution companies - the QESCO (Quetta Electric Supply Company) and PESCO (Peshawar Electric Supply Company).
During the last seven months, 11 incidents of saboteur had been occurred in Balochistan and KPK province. According to QESCO, 230 incidents of saboteur had been occurred in Balochistan during last ten years i.e. 2003-13, in which 65 towers of 220KV and 165 towers of 132KV were blasted by firing rockets or ripping of explosives beneath the towers.
Apart from suffering from daily billing revenue loss due to disconnection of electricity supply till rehabilitation of the transmission lines, the National Transmission and Dispatch Company Limited had so far spent Rs 500 million on reinstallation of the pylons and erection of new towers in Balochistan province during the last ten years.
The report also mentioned that field staff, workers and engineers were faced with numerous security threats in the troubled mountainous areas. The report also called upon the local and district administration as well as law enforcement agencies to must ensure provision of a foolproof security to the NTDCL staffers and engineers so that rehabilitation of damaged towers and pylons could be done speedily and effectively.