The Peshawar Electric Supply Company’s (Pesco) detection and recovery teams have so far recovered up to Rs10 million of outstanding dues from consumers in the province.
The teams, constituted on the directives of Pesco Chief Brigadier (retd) Tariq Sadozai, checked 2,011 power connections and removed 315 illegal connections. Pesco Superintendent Engineer Nadeem Anwar, under whose supervision the drive was conducted, said that they also discovered another 468 meters that had been tampered. “FIR’s have been lodged against those using direct connections” explained Nadeem.
Pesco spokesperson Shaukat Afzal said that the teams found 166 direct connections and 14 tampered meters in the Peshawar circle alone.
Around 41 direct connections and 33 tampered meters were discovered in the Khyber circle, while 11 direct connections and 33 tampered meters were found in the Mardan circle.
In the Swat circle, 35 direct connections and 2 tampered meters were removed, while in the Hazara circle 11 direct connections and 18 tampered meters were found. Around 51 direct connections and 60 tempered meters were found in the Bannu circle.
Regarding the recovery of outstanding dues, Nadeem said that Rs4.2 million in the Peshawar circle, Rs1.9 million in the Khyber circle, Rs1.8 million in the Mardan Circle, Rs1.5 million in the Bannu Circle and Rs0.3 million in the Hazara Circle were recovered from defaulters.
Meanwhile, Anwar Khan, spokesperson for the Tribal Areas Electricity Supply Company (Tesco) said a successful detection drive and recovery campaign had been conducted in the tribal areas as well. He told The Express Tribune that two steel furnaces in the Khyber Agency’s Shah Kass area, Haneef Khan Steel Furnace and Hirat Steel Furnace, were unlawfully using electricity and were closed down.
Besides this, four defaulters in Mohmand agency were also dealt with, recovering Rs0.32 million from them.
“Tesco has requested the political administrations in the area take strict action against these consumers under the Frontier Crimes Regulation,” he said.
Tesco Chief Executive Officer Pervez Khankhel Swati has directed all field formations to continue the operation until all outstanding dues were recovered from defaulters.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 14th, 2012.