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Over Rs7 Billion Recovered in Nationwide Crackdown on Electricity Theft

In a nationwide crackdown on electricity theft, more than Rs7 billion have been recovered. The Power Division has released details of the cases registered in various distribution companies (Discos) nationwide.

The Crackdown on Electricity Theft

The Power Division reported that approximately Rs7.9 billion had been recovered from electricity thieves within 17 days. During this period, operations were carried out nationwide, leading to the arrest of 2,001 individuals involved in electricity theft. Additionally, over 15,000 FIRs were registered in connection with these cases.

Among the Discos, Lahore Electric Supply Company (LESCO) has recovered more than Rs2.15 billion from electricity thieves and arrested 471 suspects. In the Multan Electric Power Company (MEPCO) region, over Rs1.86 billion were recovered, and 698 individuals were arrested.

Arrests Across Various Regions

In the Peshawar Electric Supply Company (PESCO) region, 372 power thieves were apprehended. Similarly, 294 individuals were arrested in the Faisalabad Electric Supply Company (FESCO) region, 122 in the Quetta Electric Supply Company (QESCO) region, 43 in the Gujranwala Electric Power Company (GEPCO) region, and eight in the Tribal Areas Electric Supply Company (TESCO) region.

Impending Electricity Tariff Hike

While the crackdown on electricity theft continues, the government is preparing to increase the power tariff again, which could shock the public with higher electricity bills. The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) has decided to increase the price of electricity by Rs 3.28 per unit as part of a quarterly adjustment.

NEPRA has decided to increase the quarterly adjustment to the federal government. If approved by the federal government, an increase in electricity prices will be implemented. This could result in an additional burden of Rs159 billion on electricity consumers.

The efforts to stop electricity theft have helped recover a lot of money, but the planned increase in electricity prices could make things difficult for people. The Power Division faces the tough task of stopping electricity theft while ensuring electricity is affordable for everyone.

 

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