The National Assembly Standing Committee on Energy has directed the Power Division to inform all electricity Distribution Companies (DISCOs) and K-Electric that billing will be strictly based on metre readings.
The committee, which met at Parliament House under the chairmanship of Sardar Riaz Mehmood Khan Mazari, also requested that the Power Division submit a report on how to address the issue of loadshedding on electricity feeders by the respective electricity distribution company.
The committee was informed that K-Electric was forcibly shutting down various feeders in Karachi under the guise of unpaid electricity bills. The committee member from Karachi was satisfied that electricity consumers who pay their bills on time should not suffer as a result of the electricity kunda mafia and habitual defiant consumers. The committee agreed, saying that the issue was widespread and that the ministry should look into it and present a comprehensive report on it at the next Committee meeting.
The Secretary Power informed the committee that it was a serious problem, but DISCOs had returned to it due to continuous losses, theft, and the accumulation of massive arrears. He agreed that law-abiding citizens bore the brunt of the burden in this regard. He stated that various options were considered but abandoned due to prohibitively high financial costs. He assured the committee that his ministry’s recommendations would be discussed at the next meeting.
While discussing the issue of overbilling and billing to electricity customers whose homes were destroyed by the floods, the committee ordered compliance with the prime minister’s announcement.
The committee adjourned discussion on the ministry’s PSDP proposals with instructions to prepare a presentation with complete details of the demands. The committee also directed all distribution companies to ensure that projects funded by the SDGs achievement programme are completed without further delay.
Members of the committee, movers of the matters referred to the committee by the House, Secretary Power Division, and other senior officers of the ministry and distribution companies attended the meeting.