'K-Electric purchased costly electricity, charged consumers additional Rs14.4bn
ISLAMABAD: Okay-Electrical, the only energy distributor in Karachi, pressured customers via buying electrical energy at upper charges and won an extra Rs14.four billion from them, audit officers informed the Public Accounts Committee on Thursday.
Chairman Khursheed Shah presided a gathering of PAC, which mentioned a variety of problems touching on overbilling via energy corporations, energy technology via other vegetation and load-shedding.
The PAC directed the Ministry of Energy Department, NEPRA to handle the problem of overbilling via lowering whooping line losses as Rs200 billion was once being recovered from fair customers.
The assembly, held to check audit objections of the 12 months 2016-17, famous that every one energy distribution corporations (DISCOs) had been overbilling customers to catch up on their losses.
All the way through the assembly, the chairman requested Water and Energy secretary and NEPRA chairman to cut back technical losses and triumph over 4 according to cent electrical energy robbery being recovered from bill-paying customers unjustifiably.
MNA Sheikh Rashid wondered as to why fair customers had been being billed for the electrical energy they didn’t eat.
At this, Secretary Energy Department Yousaf Naseem Khokar informed that measures had been being taken to handle the problem. He stated the officer chargeable for overcharging customers can be sentenced to 3 years imprisonment.
The PAC was once informed via the auditors that Rs28.183 billion losses had been incurred all the way through 2016-17 owing to underutilisation of energy vegetation.
“All IPPs and GENCOs had been supplying electrical energy to the Central Energy Acquire Company (CPPA) on take or pay foundation,” they stated.
“Below take or pay settlement, CPPA is certain to buy all to be had electrical energy from the ability vegetation for idle capability as neatly.”
The auditors famous that in spite of the call for for electrical energy within the device, IPPs and GENCOs energy vegetation weren’t used to their complete capability.
“Because of plant underutilisation, the patrons of electrical energy, on one hand, confronted Eight-12 hours load-shedding, whilst at the different this underutilisation larger the electrical energy tariff because of bills made because of take or pay settlement.”
Khokar stated the ministry was once pursuing a colourful technique to conquer line losses.
Expressing dismay over the absence of Okay-Electrical’s CEO in spite of summons via PAC, Shah stated the CEO will have to attend the PAC assembly on December 20.
In case of failure, strict motion will likely be taken in opposition to him, Shah warned, pending the Okay-Electrical audit paras till subsequent assembly.
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