The procedure of getting a new electricity connection for the industrial sector is too much cumbersome in Pakistan. It takes average 178.3 days as compared to most of the other Asian countries where businessmen can get an electricity connection in only 18 days.
In order to facilitate the industrial sector, the Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry has urged the government to establish an E-Portal for the new connections and other services which would not only save precious time of the business community but would also bring much-needed efficiency in industrial activities.
The LCCI office-bearers said that there is a dire need to follow the modules of developed countries where the industry is being facilitated through modern techniques.
The proposed E-Portal would provide the facility of not only submission of applications but submission of all relevant documents online. This E-Portal should be integrated with Securities & Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP), Land Record Management Information System (LRMIS) and National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) database for the verification of company’s information.
According to LCCI, this E-Portal should also collect fee online through online banking. After submission of verified safety inspection report, demand notice should be generated through E-portal.
Currently, internal wiring inspection is being conducted through Electric Inspector, Punjab. LCCI suggested that the LESCO should accept the internal wiring report of private certified and registered contractors.
The Electric Inspector should be able to submit the Internal Wiring report on this E-Portal within 10 days. They said that all infrastructure cost up to the point of connection should be borne by the government/LESCO.
The establishment of one-portal will enable the Securities & Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) to collect all the required information and disseminate to all the concerned Federal/Provincial government departments through an online portal. However, registration with each department should be made according to the need, says LCCI.
The one portal will also enable SECP to take a one-time lump sum payment in their online bank account which can then be transferred to the account of the relevant Federal/Provincial Government departments.
Such initiatives would not only pave the way to becoming at par with the developed countries but are also direly needed to improve Pakistan’s ease of doing business ranking which is deteriorating every year and has reached from 75 in 2010 to 138 in 2015.