ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali on Friday said the Sukkur Electrical Supply Company (SEPCO) has planned a high level operation against electricity theft to check losses and sought cooperation for parliamentarians in the drive.
Addressing a press conference, he said a number of losses has been monitored in different areas of SEPCO which result in extra burden on the pocket of common man, adding, these losses results in high traffic and increased loadshedding.
“Total receivable amount from SEPCO is 69 billion with 40 percent total losses”, the minister said adding, the operation has been launched from today to give relief to other consumers who are suffering on the cost these law violators.
Giving details, he said in Sub-Division Nauderao, feeder City III, looses of 61.2 percent has been recorded with receivable amount of Rs. 56.528 million and having only 167 registered consumers.
The Member National Assembly (MNA) of the area is Faryarl Talpur and Member Provincial Assembly (MPA) is Muhammad Ali Khan Bhutto.
The second major areas is Sub-Division Dokri, Feeder Fareedabad where the receivable amount is Rs. 30.630 million with 25.8 percent recovery and 74.8 percent average losses having only 130 consumers. The MNA from the area is Nazir Ahmed Khan Bughio and MPA is Haji Altaf Hussain Unar.
In the sub-division Ratodero feeder City II, the receivable amount is Rs. 445.813 million with averages recovery of 61 percent and 1374 consumers. The MNA of the area is Faryal Talpur and MPA is Khursheed Ahmed Junejo.
In the sub-division Doulatpur feeder Shahpur Jhania, the receivable amount is Rs. 164.914 million with average losses of 40.3 percent and consumers of the area are 1157. The MNA of the area is Ghulam Mustafa Shah and MPA is Dr. Bahadur Khan Dahri.
In sub-division Moro-I, feeder City II, the receivable amount is Rs. 350.393 million and average losses are 53.3 percent having 2785 consumers.
The MNA of the area is Ghulam Murtaza Jatoi and MPA is Masoor Ahmed Jatoi.
Abid Sher Ali said in the first step notices will be issued to defaulters, followed by closing feeders at the second stage and ultimately to close circles in final step.
The minister sought respective area parliamentarians cooperation in the operation against outlawers who are involved in the crime of electricity theft.
He said the Prime Minister has also called a meeting on Tuesday in which strategy has been finalized to tackle the issue and to deal with culprits who are wasting national resources of electricity and creating troubles for other citizens.