WAPDA was established in 1958 and its agenda includes generation, transmission and distribution of power. It is also responsible for irrigation, water supply and drainage flood control, internal navigation etc. WAPDA’s distribution network is divided into nine electric supply companies, which are successors of former Area Electricity Boards (AEBs) of WAPDA. The AEBs were departments within WAPDA to administer the supply and distribution, construction, expansion, maintenance and operation of the system. The newly incorporated electric supply companies have been structured in line with modern management practices. WAPDA’s thermal power generation facilities have been restructured to form three generation companies, which have been incorporated. In addition, a National Transmission and Distribution Company has been incorporated to perform transmission and dispatch functions. WAPDA’s nine electric supply companies are:
- Lahore Electricity Supply Corporation (LESCO)
- Islamabad Electricity Supply Corporation (IESCO)
- Multan Electricity Supply Corporation (MESCO)
- Faisalabad Electricity Supply Corporation (FESCO)
- Gujranwala Electricity Supply Corporation (GESCO)
- Peshawar Electricity Supply Corporation (PESCO), Catering to the needs of KPK
- Tribal Electric Supply Company (TESCO), Working under the administration of CE, PESCO to cater the needs of Tribal Areas
- Quetta Electricity Supply Corporation (QESCO), Catering to the needs of Balochistan Province
- Hyderabad Electricity Supply Corporation (HESCO), Catering to the needs of Sindh Province except Karachi area
In order to promote fair competition in the electricity industry and to protect the rights of customers as well as producers and sellers of electricity, the Government of Pakistan has enacted the Regulation of Generation, Transmission and Distribution of Electric Power Act, 1997. The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority, NEPRA, has been established under this Act for regulation of electric power generation, transmission and distribution in Pakistan. NEPRA has an objective to provide growth to the electric power sector and to rationalize the electricity rates. NEPRA is also to ensure that investment in the electricity industry is justified and will earn a reasonable return for the investors.
Procedure to Get a New Electricity Connection in Pakistan
- The application form CP-03, can be obtained from the WAPDA customer service center of the relevant area.
- The application form CP-03, is required to be submitted to the relevant sanctioning authority by all the applicants regardless of the type of connection being applied for.
- The Assistant Manager Operations (formerly Sub Divisional Officer (SDO)/ Deputy Manager Operations (formerly Executive Engineer (XEN)/Manager Operations (formerly Superintendent Engineer (SE) conducts the site survey within three days after the submission of the application form
- The survey of the site evaluates whether the electricity connection maybe supplied from the closest transformer, or whether a new transformer is required. This is based on calculated load and capacities.
- If the load is up to 15 KW the connection may be obtained on the same transformer.
- The site survey also verifies whether the applicant’s usage of load is estimated correctly or not.
- After the completion of the survey a Demand Notice (DN) is issued to the applicant.
- The demand notice comprises of two parts: (a) The first part details the cost structure for installation of equipment (b) The second part contains the details of the security to be deposited by the applicant. The security is calculated according to extent of the load, being utilized by the applicant.
- The demand notice is issued within approximately 7-10 working days of the site survey
- The applicant has a one month time period to deposit the fee
- For an industrial connection the applicant is required to submit a test report, confirming the proper conditions and standards of the wiring and equipment which is being used at the applicant’s site
- The above mentioned test is conducted by a contractor, licensed by the provincial government
- The contractor examines whether the wiring and the other electronic devices being used at the site are up to safety standards.
- After the submission of the test report and demand notice at the specified banks (for industrial and commercial connection only), the WAPDA officials survey the site for the verification of the test report.
- If the appointed official is satisfied with the validity of the report, then the electricity connection is given to the applicant within one week, other wise the application is refused.
- The whole process should take approximately thirty-five days.
Documents Required for Application of New Electricity Connection
The documents to be attached with the application form are as follows:
- Proof of ownership in the form of registry/allotment letter/fard
- No objection certificate (NOC) from the owner if the land is leased
- Copy of national identity card of applicant and the attestee
- In case of the industrial consumers, a NOC from Local Developmental Authority is required while setting up an industrial concern
- Undertaking on non judicial paper up to Rs. 200/-
The application forms with the relevant documents are required to be submitted to the sanctioning authority in the concerned area. The sanctioning authority for domestic and commercial consumers differs from industrial consumers. The sanctioning authorities are further categorized according to the load to be sanctioned.
Load Sanctioning Officers for WAPDA Connections
Domestic & Commercial Use
The sanctioning authority varies with the load of the energy being consumed. The details are as follow:
- If required energy load is 1-15 KW, it’ll be sanctioned by Assistant Manager Operations (AMO)
- If required energy load is 15-70 KW, it’ll be sanctioned by Deputy Manager Operations (DMO)
- If required energy load is 70-500 KW, it’ll be sanctioned by Manager Operations (MO)
- If required energy load is more than 500 KW, it’ll be sanctioned by Chief Executive (CE)
The sanctioning authorities for the industrial connection are different from the domestic and commercial connections. Since the industrial applicants don’t use power ranging from 1-15 KW, so the lowest sanctioning authority for them is the Deputy Manager Operations (DMO). The DMO sanctions the supply of load up to 70 KW. The other two sanctioning authorities are the same for all the applicants.