Power Distribution Companies have recovered Rs 1.8 billion accounted as power theft and fined thousands of power pilferers. In a countrywide anti-power theft operation, the power distribution companies of different cities throughout the country carried out the operations to curb power theft from October 2018 to September 2019. As per official sources, 197.29 MkWh units of power had been stolen and was charged from the power pilferers.
Over 43,000 FIRs were registered by the concerned authorities and 6,568 arrests were made against these FIRs.
The details of the raids are as follow:
- Rs340 million were recovered by Lahore Electric Supply Company.
- Rs257 million were recovered by Gujranwala Electric Supply Company.
- Rs318 million were recovered by Faisalabad Electric Supply Company.
- Rs325 million were by Islamabad Electric Supply Company.
- Rs423 million were recovered by Multan Electric Supply Company.
- Rs84 million were recovered by Peshawar Electric Company.
- Hyderabad Electric Company recovered Rs12.2 million.
- Sukkur Electric Supply Company recovered Rs32.4 million.
- The Quetta Electric Supply Company recovered Rs14.4 million.
Power losses accounted for power theft in Pakistan comprise of more than 10% of the total annual power costs in the country, which is a huge amount. Pakistan has been trying to curb this activity for decades but has not made any significant improvements until yet. The theft of power by commercial consumers far exceeds the damages that are made by the domestic consumers. However, mass corruption in the local departments of the government leave apt room for these pilferers to escape.