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Iesco claims Rs80.83 million recovered from electricity defaulters

By Khalid Iqbal
April 03, 2024
A general view of the high voltage lines. — AFP/File
A general view of the high voltage lines. — AFP/File 

Rawalpindi: Islamabad Electric Supply Company (Iesco) has claimed to have recovered Rs80.83 million from electricity defaulters, registered 1186 FIRs, and sent 994 people to Adiala Jail in its ongoing drive.

This was revealed during Tuesday's meeting at the Commissioner's Office under Commissioner Rawalpindi Division Aamir Khattak's chair. Commissioner Rawalpin­di Division directed Iesco officials to complete 100 per cent recovery against power defaulters. He also directed the provision of uninterrupted electricity to all areas of the Rawalpindi division including Murree during Eidul Fitr holidays.

The Commissioner called for the deployment of extra force in all areas especially in Murree for the provision of uninterrupted power supply during Eid days and advised the preparation of a backup plan during Eid holidays.

He appreciated Iesco for its better performance here in the Rawalpindi division. The Commissioner has directed all deputy commissioners of the Rawalpindi division to strictly monitor power theft, particularly in commercial settlements. He said that maximum power theft cases take place in commercial areas and this issue should be handled more seriously. He also directed to focus on line losses at feeders and immediately arrest power thieves. He said that Iesco should make sure an individual recovery rather than punish the whole area.

Meanwhile Iesco, in a statement said that as per the directions of the government, operations against electricity thieves and defaulters are underway in various operation circles of the Rawalpindi division. Power pilferers are facing heavy fines and arrests. In the anti-electricity theft campaign that began on September 7, 2023, Iesco detection teams checked 300,000 meters. Out of which 5,182 meters were found manipulated. Iesco has imposed fines worth Rs286.6 million by charging 6 million units to consumers for stealing electricity.