The government of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has finalised the decision of installing smart electricity meters and new aerial bundled cables (ABC) throughout the nation for curbing power theft.
As per sources, a detailed plan has been drafted in this matter and soon these smart electricity meters and ABC cables would be installed at the Lahore Electric Supply Company (LESCO) and the Islamabad Electric Supply Company (IESCO).
The government is completely committed to reducing the circular debt presently approximated to be at one hundred and fifty billion rupees. For this smart electricity meters and new ABC cables would be installed throughout the nation.
Pakistan’s major challenge faced both by the citizens and government is of electricity theft. This is done via direct hooks installed before a meter which are mostly neglected by the ground staff of power distribution firms, who provides full facilitation to the people in this crime.
A per a report of National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA), the Peshawar Electric Supply Company (PESCO), along with the Sukkur, Hyderabad, Tribal, Lahore and Quetta electric supply firms have got the biggest percentage of power theft and is the root cause that has choked the economy.
The main reason for installing the ABC cables is for improving the old defective systems of electricity and to decrease power theft. The planned project would reach completion in five years’ time period and an amount of five billion dollars is to be spent on this project.
According to sources, the concerned energy ministry would be consulting with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for the completion of this project. The last government had also started similar projects in the past, but the projects failed to reach completion.
Presently, the government needs to assign dedicated police investigative officers and magistrates to the firms where theft is being done at a high rate, and make sure that crackdowns are properly done for bringing the issue to an end.