The government would be launching an anti-power theft project of $1 billion for controlling power theft as circular debt in the sector has surged to more than Rs1,300 billion.
The Senate Standing Committee on Power was told during the meeting headed by the Senator Fida Muhammad that the circular debt was more than one thousand three hundred billion rupees, while seven hundred billion rupees was parked in the Power Holding Company.
The minister said that an operation was being conducted without any discrimination against power thieves and so far been eight thousand FIRs had been registered.
The power minister announced that for curbing electricity theft, a project is being initiated and its first phase would cost nearly one dollar billion.
Detailed matters related to electricity distribution in the former tribal areas by the concerned supply firms were also discussed during the meeting. It was also discussed that the pending issues related to overbilling, the allocation for projects and metering be resolved at the earliest. Inquires were also proposed aginst teh officials involved in tehft and oyehr losses.
It also told that the Islamabad Electric Supply Company for addressing the complaints of gathered billing in the Parliament Lodges and take the decision to coordinate a meeting of the Senate deputy chairman and National Assembly deputy speaker with the concerned officials for resolving the issues of pending payments from former members and staff.
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