ISLAMABAD – Thanks to Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) led federal government for reducing the subsidy on electricity tariff on the directions of International Monetary Fund (IMF) and electricity Distribution Companies (DISCOs) for bringing the bills collection at the lowest, countrymen all set to welcome 12-18 hours long loadshedding in blazing heats of Pakistani summer.
Its almost the mid of April and soon mercury will rise to 40 degrees Celsius in the most parts of the country. But according to one official from Pakistan Electric Power Company (PEPCO), the power shortfall has already mounted to 6,000 MW.
The PEPCO official categorically stated that the bills’ recovery was stuck at only 86 percent for the last several months, adding almost Rs 300 million per day to the outstanding amount.
On top of that, the government had delayed subsidy payment. Of the Rs 32 billion dues, the government had cleared only Rs 10 billion about 10 days ago, leaving a deficit of Rs 22 billion. Over the last 10 days, another Rs 8 billion might have been added to the bill, taking the total close to Rs 30 billion mark.
Describing the bleak scenario, they said water discharge was reduced, the temperature shot up and power plants of 2,700MW capacity were closed because of fuel shortage.
Moreover, in past 13 months, none of the 16 important companies of the sector could get a permanent head. Even the chiefs of departments who were appointed by the PML-N government got ‘ad hoc, additional or acting charges’.
Just few days ago, State Minister Abid Sher Ali held a press conference in Peshawar and he gave the details of areas where electricity theft was on the peak. According to him:
- Only 34 out of 1,718 electricity consumers in Bisham were paying their bills which caused the loss of Rs 48 million.
- Only 227 out of 3,800 electricity consumers in Sabir Baba are of Tank which caused the loss of Rs 153 million.
- Only 455 out of 3,422 paid bills in Kaulchi area causing loss of Rs 95 million.
- Only 125 out of 2,489 paid dues in Jhandokhel causing loss of Rs 173 million.
- 1,870 consumers out of 2,232 were using electricity illegally in Tajzai area of Lakki Marwat which caused the loss of Rs 105 million.
- Only 437 out of 4,774 consumers in Karak sub division paid bills.
- Only 400 out of 4,386 consumers in Bannu district (Rural II) area paid dues. It caused the loss of Rs 143 million.
- Only 81 out of 2,031 paid bills in New Mathra area causing the loss of Rs 310 million.