QUETTA: In line with the directives of Ministry for Water & Power, Quetta Electric Supply Company (QESCO) will increase the hours of load shedding in all parts of the province, where consumers are not paying their utility bills and recovery is very low. All consumers owe QESCO Rs.132Billion over nonpayment of electricity bills. Out of Rs.132 Billion, the Agri-consumers alone owe Rs. 115Billion.
While on the other hand, the Provincial Govt Departments are the defaulters with around Rs. 8Billion, the Federal Govt Departments have to pay QESCO to Rs.745 Million. Moreover the arrears of Rs. 8Billion are outstanding against domestic, commercial & other consumers in the province.
Following the directives of Federal Ministry, the Chief Executive Officer QESCO Engr. Baligh-uz-Zaman has taken this matter with provincial departments in order to collect the arrears. Besides this legal notices have been sent to all defaulters for payment of dues, but still yet no positive response been received from all concern departments. That’s why QESCO is facing serious financial crisis.
In view of, QESCO has launched power disconnection campaign against defaulters in a bid to recover the outstanding arrears. All officers have been strictly instructed to disconnect the connections of defaulter without any discrimination and political pressure. To curb electricity theft, QESCO Special Magistrate Class-i will also take legal action under Electricity Act 1910 along with QESCO teams in different areas of the province and if the person found guilty will be fined and jailed on the spot.
Agri-consumers not paying their dues resulting serious financial problems for Company as well as creating hurdles in timely completion of ongoing electricity projects and also it is creating enhanced load shedding issues for the consumers.
Following are the different provincial departments with total pending arrears in Millions till November 2014: PHE Dept Rs. 4822 Million, Balochistan Police Rs. 258Million, WASA Rs. 77Million, Governor House Rs. 4.8Million, Chief Minister Offices Rs. 2.9Million, Education Department Rs. 1079Million, Health Department Rs. 520Million, Social Welfare Deptt Rs. 21Million, Balochistan Local Govt Deptt: Rs. 59Million, Balochistan Planning & Development Rs. 3.9Million, Balochistan Communication & works Rs. 47Million, Balochistan Deputy Commissioners Rs. 141Million, Jail Rs. 19Million, Agriculture Deptt: Rs. 49Million, Food Deptt: Rs 8.6Million, Forest & Wildlife Rs. 8.8Million, Irrigation Deptt: Rs. 49Million, Live stock & Dairy Deptt: Rs. 19Million, Balochistan Veterinary Deptt: Rs. 13Million, Balochistan Buildings Deptt: Rs. 49Million, Balochistan Stadiums Rs. 5.6Million, Population Planning Deptt Rs. 6.2Million, Balochistan Judicial Academy Rs. 2.6Million, Industries Deptt: 2.2Million, Treasury Deptt: Rs. 9.4Million, Balochistan District & Session Judge Rs. 5.5 Million.
Following are the different Federal departments with total pending arrears in Millions till November 2014: Federal Sharia Court Rs. 5.6Million, Election Commission Rs. 4.2Million, Railway Rs. 7.3Million, Central Excise Custom Rs. 17Million, Commissioner Afghan Refugees Rs. 3.5Million, NADRA Rs. 22Million, Pakistan Post office Rs. 40Million, Meteorological Rs. 9.5Million, Pak Telecom Rs. 83Million.
QESCO itself, purchases electricity and then sells it to its consumers. It cannot supply electricity to any consumer without any payment. QESCO has therefore appealed to all defaulters particularly Agri-consumers to pay their utility bills in time and clear their outstanding dues so that the hours of supply could be enhanced and this National Department could be survived.