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RAWALPINDI: Chief Executive Officer IESCO Chaudhary Shahid Iqbal has said that establishment of grid station and additional feeder in Rawat Industrial Estate will be done on a priority basis.

A flat tariff of Rs 11.97 per unit is being introduced to increase commercial activity and industrial production along with consumers. The tariff will be applicable to those additional units, which will be used from November 2019 to February 2020.

The flat rate will be charged on the units consumed in same month of the last year and for the incremental use of units of corresponding months.

Smart metering will be introduced under the Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) Program to prevent power theft, wrong readings and convenience of users. There is a net metering cell at IESCO. Wires from inner cities, dense plazas and markets are being replaced and IESCO will work closely with trade association and Chamber to improve the coordination.

Under the annual maintenance program, the closure of the feeders will remain until December 15, however, keeping in view the problems of consumers, especially commercial consumers, it is suggested that the closure period be alternate days. Prior to closure, consumers are being notified via SMS and print and electronic media. Total 66 cases of feeder tripping reporting against 144 of the same period last year during monsoon rains, he added.

RCCI President Saboor Malik said that to give maximum facilities to promote the commercial and industrial activities, more user friendly initiatives should be taken by IESCO. The chamber should be represented in the IESCO board.

Grid station installation should be expedited in Rawat Industrial State, he demanded. He asked IESCO chief to address the grievances of consumers facing arrears in billings despite the fact they had made the payments through KIOSKs. He also gave a short summary of RCCI activities. He assured full support and assistance to IESCO for addressing issues faced by the business community.