During last two months 618 transformers have also been dismantled
Sukkur Electric Power Company (SEPCO) has cut off electricity supply to 2045 villages of ten districts during its ongoing operation against the power theft.
The villages deprived of electricity include 305 villages of Sukkur, 126 of Khairpur, 377 of Ghotki, 92 of Qamber, 103 of Larkana, 227 of Shikarpur, 159 of Jacobabad, 194 of Kashmore, 203 of Dadu and 259 villages of district Naushehro Feroze.
“So far 618 transformers have been dismantled of the power thieves and defaulters including 75 in District Sukkur, 118 in Khairpur, 128 in Ghotki, 15 in Qamber, 65 in Larkana, 39 in Shikarpur, 14 in Jacobabad, 46 in Kashmore, 54 in Dadu and 64 transformers from Nausheharo Feroze district,” CEO SEPCO Engineer Saeed Ahmed Dawach said while sharing details of the operation.
“The grand operation has been going on for two months in 10 districts and more than Rs.4.90 billion have been recovered so far,” he claimed.
He said that so far 1273 cases have been registered against 3226 electricity thieves and defaulters, including 2836 domestic consumers, 250 commercial consumers, 73 agricultural consumers and 67 industrial consumers while 253 electricity thieves have been arrested by the police.
He said that 79 FIRS were registered in Sukkur, 287 in Khairpur, 143 in Ghotki, 143 in Qamber, 147 in Larkana, 114 in Shikarpur, 79 in Jacobabad, 58 in Kashmore 132 in Dadu and 158 cases have been registered in district Naushehro Feroze.
He said that on account of neglect of duty and failure to control electricity theft, 86 employees of SEPCO including XEN, SDOs, Line Superintendents, Meter Readers, Linemen, Assistant Linemen and Bill Distributors have been suspended from their jobs, while departmental action has been taken against 10 employees for not controlling electricity theft and have been punished with ‘compulsory retirement’.
He said that the work of securing meters on all high loss feeders was in progress and maintained zero tolerance strategy against power theft.
He said that there are Rs.167 billion outstanding on domestic customers, Rs.2.946 billion on commercial customers, Rs.1.157 billion on agricultural customers and Rs.899 million on industrial connections.
Chief Executive Officer SEPCO Engineer Saeed Ahmed Dawach further said that electricity theft is a serious crime and said that with the help of the Police taking actions against the involved SEPCO employees and Customers.