Peshawar: Federal minister for water and power Abid Sher Ali warned on Tuesday that 11 feeders in Khyber Pukhtunkhwa will stop electricity supply to those involved in power theft.
Addressing media at Pesco Headquarter Peshawar Abid Sher Ali said that in Bannu, Karak, Shangla, Tank, Lakki Marwat and Peshawar some of the feeders are in 97% losses as in these feeders the consumers numbered in thousands but only a few hundred have been paying bills thus contributing in losses of millions to Pesco.
He said that line losses in thirty feeders of PESCO have increased however recovery on 80 feeders has been improved. He said that a hundred percent power theft has been observed in Warsak.
He said that present government want to control the power theft in any cast therefore no discrimination would be made in power thieves as federal government has registered 83 thousands FIR against power thefts in Punjab while removed 900 hundred transformers in Sukkur and Haiderabad of Sindh province to stop supply to illegal power consumers.
He said Pesco had saved 1.3 billion rupees in last month by stopping electricity supply to the areas where power being consumed illegally and few of thousands consumers are paying their bills.
Sher Ali urged the provincial government to open its eyes regarding the matter, warning that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s feeders will be shut down if electricity theft is not curbed. He said the MNAs and MPAs of PTI instead threatening Pesco staff should convince the people of their constituencies to stop illegal use of electricity and pay their bills.
To a question he said that by June this year 1500-2000 Mega Watt electricity will be included in the system which will help to control the load shedding. He said government has no magic to curb the electricity theft instead shutting down the feeders which are not paying their bills.
PM, he said has released 4.5 billion rupees to improved the transmission system and control line losses therefore he has inaugurated the up gradation of Dobian Grid station in Swabi with the cast of 260 million rupees.