Abid Sher Ali blames KESC for billions of rupees power theft


MULTAN: Minister of State for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali has said the power to Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) will be disconnected if the power utility took even a single megawatt in excess of the allowed electricity of 650 mw.

Talking to newsmen in Multan on Friday, the minister alleged that the KESC steals billions of rupees worth electricity from the national grid in peak hours. He warned KESC that there is no place for corrupt staffs and corrupt system in our government, adding that in the past the PPP government had closed its eyes in this regard.

He said that power is being stolen worth of Rs242 billions across the country. He said that a forceful action will be taken against the power thieves.

He said the government would receive Rs100 billion arrears from the KESC at any cost and it would pay 15 billion rupees to PSO.

The minister said that power is being stolen from 90 feeders in Khyber Paktunkhwa which would not be tolerated.

He said the government has taken various initiatives including Neelum-Jhelum Hydro Power Project and Jhimpir Wind Farm to control energy crisis in the country.

He said the government cleared circular debt of 480 billion rupees in difficult circumstances, adding that 1700 megawatt of electricity has been added to the national grid.

He said that due to current circumstance there was no option other than to increase tariff, adding that power tariff would be brought to Rs10 from Rs22 per unit.