HYDERABAD: State Minister for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali has said that legislation against power theft is in progress as the government is fully committed to root out the menace in order to overcome the crisis of load shedding.
Talking to media persons after presiding over a meeting of the officers of Hyderabad Electric Supply Company here on Thursday, the State Minister said that the issue of load shedding cannot be resolved until power theft is curbed.
He informed that HESCO and SEPCO are facing losses of 551 million units, which are being stolen by power thieves. Both the power distributing companies of Sindh are defaulter of Rs 25 billion to the federal government since the year 2006, he said and added that effective measures are required to take stern action against power theft in Sindh.
He informed that Sindh Government is a defaulter of Rs 50 billion and if the provincial government failed to pay the said default amount within one month, the connections of the provincial government departments will be cut off.
He informed that strict action is also being initiated against the corrupt officers of the department. The State Minister informed that an investigation team has been formed which will investigate the illegal appointments and submit its report within one month.
Abid Sher Ali informed that the present government is making all out efforts to utilise all options for power generation and bring the country out from the energy crisis. The government is working on different aspects of power generation including nuclear, solar, gas and coal energy with the objective to provide an early relief to the people of the country.
He termed the Coastal Power Project a dynamic efforts adding that besides it the Dhasu and Diameer Power Projects will be completed in the year 2015 while speedy work is also being carried out at Neelam- Jhelum Power Project.