Energy theft: Minister says ending power theft top priority

Addressing press conference at WAPDA House, he says strict action will be taken against any official found involved.


APP November 10, 2013
State Minister for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali. PHOTO: FILE

LAHORE:


State Minister for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali said on Saturday that the government was dedicated to curbing electricity theft.   


Addressing a press conference at WAPDA House, he said strict action would be taken against any official found involved.

He said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was given weekly briefings in this regard.

He said the government had added 1,700 megawatts to the national grid and was working on several power projects including Satpara, Jamshoro and Guddu to cope with the electricity shortage.

He said that some power plants running on high speed diesel would soon be switched to coal to produce cheaper electricity.

To a question, he said that electricity worth Rs242 billion was being stolen annually.

Minister Abid Sher Ali said that fresh legislation was needed to stop
electricity theft.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 10th, 2013.

COMMENTS (3)

Xulfjan | 7 years ago | Reply

Fresh legislation...What a load of crap!!

MJ | 7 years ago | Reply

I am writing down the losses that various electric supply corporations incurred, primarily due to theft of power and non-payment, between 2008-2013. You be the judge and decide where the power theft is at the highest:

FESCO Rs. 600 million GEPCO Rs. 360 million LESCO Rs 2.35 billion MEPCO Rs. 280 million IESCO Rs. 3.66 billion SEPCO Rs. 7.47 billion HESCO Rs.16.17 billion PEPCO Rs. 59 billion KESCO Rs. 90 million

People who blast Karachi at the drop of a hat would be surprised to see that this city has the one of the lowest losses. And lowest if you consider population density. Much lower than Hyderabad, Islamabad, Lahore etc.

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