IESCO urged for fresh policy for repairing commercial transformers


Staff Report


Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) President Ahmed Hassan Moughal Thursday called upon the IESCO to revise its policy for the installation and repair of commercial transformers as it was creating problems for traders.

He was addressing a delegation of Traders Welfare Association, Jinnah Super Market, Islamabad that visited ICCI led by its President Malik Rab Nawaz.

He said as per prevailing policy of IESCO if a commercial transformer in the market went faulty, traders were required to get it repaired on self-finance basis from designated vendors of IESCO, which was not justified.

Ahmed Hassan said traders were paying electricity bills on commercial rates and IESCO should take responsibility for repairing the faulty transformers to facilitate them.

He said till the repair of a faulty transformer, IESCO should provide its replacement to ensure the continuation of power supply in markets.

He said the CDA has assigned the sanitation work to contractors, but the staff of contractors was not doing its job properly due to which sanitation situation in markets was getting worst.

He demanded that the CDA should deploy its own sanitation staff in markets to ensure proper cleaning of markets.

He assured that ICCI would fully cooperate with market associations in resolving key issues of traders.

ICCI Senior Vice President Rafat Farid and Vice President Iftikhar Anwar Sethi emphasized that IESCO, CDA, MCI, and other departments should cooperate in addressing major issues of traders for the smooth growth of business activities.

Speaking on the occasion, Traders Welfare Association, Jinnah Super Market, Islamabad President Malik Rab Nawaz, and Secretary General Abdul Rehman said the prevailing policy of IESCO for repair of commercial transformers was problematic for traders and the company should arrange the repair of faulty commercial transformers to relieve the traders of this responsibility.

They said due to the absence of rent control act in Islamabad, rent disputes of traders were on the rise and this issue has caused the vacation of 65 shops in Jinnah Super during the last 3 months.

They said an amended bill of rent control act was presented in the national assembly during the tenure of previous government which could not be passed into law as yet.

They called upon the current government to arrange the passage of the said bill from the parliament as soon as possible to settle this longstanding issue of traders once for all. APP