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SSGC removes 2,840 illegal gas connections in fresh raids

By News Desk
May 22, 2024
The gas meter can be seen in this picture. — APP File
The gas meter can be seen in this picture. — APP File

The SSGC tightened its grip on gas thieves by cracking down on more than 2,840 illegal gas connections in Karachi, Nawabshah, Larkana and Quetta.

In a major raid conducted in Karachi’s Gulshan-e-Zia locality, the theft control team of Customer Relations Department (CRD) removed more than 2,000 illegal domestic connections from residents who had extended gas arrangements from the existing meter points. In Malir Zone, a CRD team detached 800 illegal connections in yet another prolific crackdown. As per the SOP, claims are being raised to recover the pilfered amount.

More raids on overhead and underground connections were conducted in Quetta, Nawabshah and Larkana and summarily 40 connections were dismantled. Theft clamps and rubber pipes used in theft were removed and claims raised.

A Security Services and Counter Gas Theft Operations (SS&CGTO) team conducted a joint raid in a tandoori (naan) shop in Karachi’s Gulshan-e-Iqbal area where gas was being used directly from the service line. The total connecting load was 265 cubic feet per hour. The SSGC police have registered an FIR against the owner Abdul Ahad. The SSGC’s scored yet another prosecution success when on the directions of Gas Utility Court, Shikarpur District, accused Suleman, earlier nominated in an FIR for consuming gas directly for commercial purpose, paid Rs0.6 million out of Rs2.3 million as a compensation for quantum of losses.