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Loadshedding and power theft go together

Published Jul 18, 2013 07:14am


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PROLONGED power outages in hot days make people irksome. Many suggestions such as setting up of tax-free solar panels, building dams and borrowing gas and oil to overcome power shortages have been made to the government. This will take time. But in the meantime we must stop widespread corruption which, for example, we witness in Larkana city: electricity theft is massive. More than 50pc homes are stealing electricity. Many homes do not have meters.

The stolen electricity is used carelessly. Airconditioners and lights remain on throughout the day. People use quilts but do not turn off the ACs.

The influential have illegally installed the lines from double feeders. When one feeder is off, they turn on the other one. Hence, the purpose of loadshedding is lost.

To make matters worse, the lineman asks for Rs1,000 for reading metres correctly.

We need to realise whatever energy will be fed into the system, it would be stolen.

The solution lies in taking strict action against corrupt individuals. Prepaid meters can be installed to limit the use.

If the government can’t handle it, then it should privatise the institution.



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Muhammad Younus Butt Jul 18, 2013 11:47am

The statement of Dr.Sajid Hammed from Larkana is correct and I would like to add more names in the list of cities as even in Karachi,Hyderabad,Multan,Lahore.Faisalabad and even more towns and cities of the country regular causes huge loses to Wapda.This disease cannot be controlled as every staff member of Electricity Department is involved.Would that Pakistan officials work like U.A.E `s pattern,then it is assured no electric stealing will occur. Pakistani Laws must be very strong and punish the culprits severely and do not care for anything matter.

akram Jul 18, 2013 02:38pm

the way to deal with this is to prosecute those stealing the power, currently when caught the thieves pretty much just get a slap on the wrist. When thieves are made to pay a minimum 1 lakh fine, if unable to pay their assets should be seized and sold at auction. When you have proper such enforcement, no one will be eager to steal electricity.

This is not rocket science all you have to do is have engineers follow the illegal lines to the homes of the thieves. It is one thing for a Kuchi basti to have a line, but when major factories are stealing power, whilst enriching themselves. The Elelectricity suppliers should have the right to redress by the seizure of assets. This will also generate a great income for the supplier.

concerned Jul 18, 2013 04:32pm

Interior Sindh has no right to complain after still voting for PPP