Govt taking measures to control power theft in all provinces: Abid

ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali has said that measures were being taken in all the provinces to control power theft.

The PML-N government would eliminate power load-shedding in the country and it had taken various practical steps for the purpose.

Talking to a private television channel, he said all available resources were being utilized to streamline the system in power sector. Strict action would be taken against the power pilferers without discrimination, he added.

He said those, who were paying electricity bills, should not be afraid of any action.

Abid said the government was considering to disconnect power supply to areas where the rate of power theft was high. All the transformers in areas, where line losses were high, would be removed, he added.

To a question, he said all the defaulters had been issued notices, to pay their dues in stipulated time or face disconnection.

He said if people wanted no load-shedding in the country, then they would have to pay their dues. WAPDA could not afford billions of rupees losses, he added.

Dispelling the impression that action was being taken against any specific province, he said a campaign against power theft and defaulters had been launched across the country.

Replying to another question, he said work on Nandipur, Gudo and other power projects was in progress. Some 2000 mega watt (MW) electricity would be brought into the system before the end of this year.

Highlighting the achievements during campaign against the defaulters, he said about Rs.1.60 billion had been recovered.

He said that overall power sector receivables surged to Rs 475 billion, including Rs 33 billion during last one year.