Power sector receivable surges to Rs 475bn: Abid Sher Ali

ISLAMABAD: State Minister for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali on Tuesday said that overall power sector receivable has surged to Rs 475 billion including Rs 33 billion of last one year.

Addressing at a press conference here, he said efforts were being made to recover all outstanding arrears against various institutions and consumers.

The Minister said that a comprehensive campaign has already been started across the country to stop power theft on the directives of Prime Minister.

He said that the campaign was not against any province or an individual rather it was against the power pilfers.

Abid said that some feeders have 80-90 per cent power theft and 20-22 hours power load-shedding was being carried out on such feeders.

He said Nazir Feeder of Sukkur Electric Supply Company has with 91 per cent line losses and only 70 consumers out of total 998 were paying their bills. The losses of the said feeder was recorded as Rs.445 million, he said.

The minister said that total outstanding liabilities against the Sindh government was Rs.56 billion. Similarly the Punjab government has also Rs.3.4 billion, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan each Rs. 2.5 billion liabilities, he added.

He said that one month target was given to all power distribution companies for collecting receivable and controlling power theft on the directives of Prime Minister.

Replying to a question, Abid Sher Ali said that 2800-3000 MW electricity was added to the national grid system during last one year adding that additional 1750 MW was added in the system owing to paying all circular debt.

He said that the ministry of water and power has forwarded various recommendations including closure of markets at 8 O,clock to the Prime Minister which would help save 1000 MW electricity at peak hours.

To another query, the minister said that as many as 1144 consumers were detected in ISECO region who were misusing tariff and their connections were converted to commercial.

The Minister said that the Azad Jammu and Kashmir government also owed Rs.33 billion. The PM has also constituted a committee comprising the Minister of Water and Power, State Minister for Water and Power, Information Minister and Irfan Siddiqi to take up the matter with AJK government, he added.

Source: APP