Islamabad is to get metered streetlights; a parliamentary accountability subcommittee has asked for their installation. This has been proposed in a bid to keep a check on the consumption of electricity and to prevent overbilling.
The committee also took the decision of referring the matter of leasing land for the making of a huge departmental store in the city to the top accountability body for an investigation.
The decision was taken in a meeting of a sub-committee of the National Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee—PAC at the Parliament House on Wednesday with the MNA Noor Alam Khan of PTI leading the session.
Officials while discussing the inflated power bill, said that since 2006, the Capital Development Authority—CDA has paid nearly Rs.7 billion to the Islamabad Electric Supply Company—IESCO for power used by many of the streetlights in the city.
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Furthermore, the officials also said that CDA had already paid the power utility to install metres of streetlights, but the meters are yet to be installed.
Officials added that till present IESCO, bills CDA as much as it wants and in case of the objection by the civic agency to the value of their power bills or request for an investigation, their power supply is discontinued.
Noor Alam Khan inquired after the kinds of bills being sent to the CDA. The chief engineer of IESCO replied that the bills were sent based on a certain formula and informed that everything was on the record.
Regarding the inflated bill the chief IESCO said that those bills would have not been sent if the meters were installed. He said that the meters should be installed, and it should be checked that how many units were being used by the streetlights.