Naveed Directs Discos To Cut Power Supply On Non-Payment

Islamabad: Federal Minister for Water and Power, Syed Naveed Qamar has asked cutting of power supply to the consumers without any discrimination both in the public and private sector in case of non payment within the prescribed time frame and take strict measures for recovery of amount.

He made these observations while presiding over a meeting of the Discos held here today to review their performance and recovery. Acting Secretary, MD NTDC and CEOs of all the Discos attended.

While taking serious notice of un-metered power supply to some of the provincial and municipal government offices in Sindh, he asked the CEOs of Hyderabad Electric Supply Company and Sukkur Electric Supply Company to install meters there, otherwise disconnect the power supply. He said there should be no billing on the basis of load calculation anywhere in the country for any consumers. All the billing should be made on actual use of electricity through metering.

He said that improvement in the recovery will help to enhance fuel supply to power units resultantly increase in the power generation. He asked them to take up recovery matters on regular basis with public sector departments and recover outstanding dues He expressed satisfaction over recovery of Discos during month of February and stressed the need for further progress.

The Minister also said that due to increase in the power generation, unannounced load shedding has been lifted in the country. He asked them to follow the load management schedule. There should be no complaints of inflated bills by the consumers and the officials involved should be taken to task. The complaints of low voltage and short circuiting must be addressed immediately.

Mr. Qamar said that Anti-Load shedding Cell is being established in the Ministry of Water and Power to streamline the load management as per requirement.

Earlier, the CEOs of the Discos briefed the minister on the recovery status, line losses and up gradation of system. It was informed that the Discos have collected Rs 36.5 billion from the consumers in the month of February. They also informed that the defaulted amount has also reduced as there is improvement in the recovery from defaulters.

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