ISLAMABAD – The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) has taken notice of increased load-shedding witnessed recently in various parts of the country.

The authority in its statement on Friday stated that the underlying issue hampering continuity of supply is overloaded grid stations of the National Transmission and Dispatch Company (NTDC).

The NTDC’s grid stations have suffered extensive overloading, specifically in the service territories of Islamabad Electric Supply Company Limited (IESCO), Lahore Electric Supply Company (LESCO) and Peshawar Electric Supply Company (PESCO). This caused a forced load-shedding.

NEPRA said that it allowed a huge investment of Rs 96.63 billion to NTDC during last three years for improvement and reliability of transmission network.

However, NTDC has failed to bring any improvement in its network.

Furthermore, NTDC also failed to convey information regarding constraints in its network to NEPRA. The authority has issued directions to the NTDC to forthwith prepare and implement a prioritized plan for the elimination of its overloading and network issues.