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Owners of RO plant, factory arrested for gas theft

By News Desk
May 18, 2024
A representational image of  a gas meter can be seen in this picture. — APP/File
A representational image of a gas meter can be seen in this picture. — APP/File

The SSGC continued to make major inroads into gas theft cases through relentless targeted raids and prosecution in the court of law.

In Quetta, an illegal domestic to commercial connection was unearthed by the Counter Gas Theft Operations (CGTO), Customer Relation Department, Billing Department, and Saryaab Zone teams along with SSGC police, with a raid in an RO plant where people had deployed 11 domestic fake meters for power generation purpose.

The plant was engaged in water purification and production of plastic bottles. Owner Azam was arrested by the police contingent and approximate claims are being raised. CGTO and recovery departments along with SSGC police raided a factory in Baldia Town, Hub River Road, Karachi, and found Muhammad Ashiq and his workers involved in using a 22 KVA heavy generator for power generation through a fake meter. Ashiq was arrested and total connecting load was estimated at 220 cubic feet per hour.

In Hyderabad, a CGTO team raided a hostel where a domestic connection was being used for running its kitchen and for power generation. The total connected load came to 320 cubic feet per hour. Meter and regulators were removed for testing/proving as per the company SOPs.

The theft control team of the Customer Relations Department as well as of zonal teams went full throttle against gas theft miscreants in Karachi’s Gulistan-e-Johar area as well as in Larkana and Nawabshah regions and removed more than 20 illegal connections from households that had extended the gas supply arrangements from the existing meters and service points through rubber pipes. Theft claims are being raised by SSGC to recover the pilfered amount.