Karachi: Karachi Electric Supply Company in line with its stringent anti-theft drive successfully removed more than 5,000 illegal connections in separate operations at Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Taiser Town and Khuda Ki Basti areas. A big number of security personnel from KESC police and local cops participated in the operations.
Approximately 4,500 meters of telephone wire, 1,500 meter power cable, 26 kilogram of twin core cable and a number of unauthorized bamboo and iron poles used in the unauthorized connections were also confiscated in the operations.
KESC had earlier distributed thousands of new connections forms in these areas offering cheap price with facility of payment by two equal instalments. Several notices were issued to the users of illegal connection after surveys were conducted in the areas having huge network of illegal hook connections.
However, operations were conducted after the residents showed no response. Around 70 per cent of electricity supplied to these areas was being stolen while legal consumers owe huge outstanding bills to KESC.
KESC has lodged FIR with local police over the power theft under Electricity Act. KESC suffers huge revenue loss due to the existence of this web of illegal hook connections. The places from where illegal connections have been removed include villages surrounding Khuda Ki Basti and Taiser Town, Ahmed Goth, Siddiq Goth, 52 Ki Patti, Gulshan-e-Surjani, Gulshan-e-Noor, Taj Goth and Memon Goth (Hasan Brohi Goth). In Gulshan-e-Iqbal, kunda removal operation was conducted in Rehmatia Colony, 13/D-2, Custom Collector PMT (Benazir Basti), Juma Goth and Blk-11 near Wonder Tower.
Previously an operation was conducted at various kunda-infested points of Manghopir Road near New Sultanabad and Jawedan Factory having a very high rate of power theft. However, the illegal users of electricity violently blocked the operation and created stiff law and order situation.
KESC has condemned such negative reaction from illegal users of electricity and asked the saner elements of society to support the utility’s efforts to end the menace of electricity theft which was causing issues of smooth electricity supply to genuine and honest consumers on one hand and resulting in massive financial loss to the power utility on the other.
KESC has urged the illegal users of electricity to utilize the opportunity of cheap new connections and regularize their consumption to avoid the consequences. KESC said that by taking advantage of the offer, such illegal users can remove the stigma of power theft upon them and they can play their due role in improvement of overall electricity supply to the general public.
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Karachi Electric Supply Company Limited (KESC)
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