ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Federal Minister for Power Omer Ayub has said that no compromise will be made to eliminate ‘Kunda’ culture, adding that efforts are also afoot to improve the power transmission system with Rs 2.5 billion having been released for installation of Aerial Bundle Cable (ABC) to check the power pilferage.
Responding to a calling attention notice moved by Fazal Muhammad Khan, the minister informed the National Assembly on Tuesday that the present government has initiated a drive to improve recoveries and check power theft.
As a result of this drive, line losses have been reduced by 2.4 percent across the Country whilst recoveries witnessed an increase of 1.3 percent over the last four months, he said.
Omer Ayub said that over 27,000 FIRs have been registered against the people involved in power pilferage. Of these, about 4400 people have also been sent behind bars. He said that we have also taken action against the staff of WAPDA and terminated over 450 officials for being hand in glove with the power pilferage.
The power minister also told that no load-shedding is being carried out on 80 percent feeders across the Country.
The minister said that out of 8610 total feeders, no load management is being carried out on 6610 feeders. He clarified that load management is only being carried out in the areas where line losses are high.