Power generation capacity to rise up to 25,000 Megawatt by year end: Abid Sher

ISLAMABAD, July 27 (APP): Minister of State for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali said Wednesday that electricity connections of major defaulters had been disconnected.

He said that Rs 73 billion were outstanding against Sindh and Rs 63 billion against the Azad Kashmir Government.

He said Wasa had to pay dues to Hesco and SEPCO, adding disconnecting power from Wasa could also lead to water issues.

He said action against defaulters was taken without any discrimination and power was also cut off from CDA due to non-payment of dues.

The Minister said during drive, the connections of ministries had also been cut and recovered billions of rupees, adding some cases had also been sent to the National Accountability Bureau for recovery of outstanding amounts from the defaulters.

He said Wapda was also facing problems while recovering dues, thus services of law enforcement agencies were also utilized, he added.

He said Rs 120 billion was outstanding against Balochistan on account of tube wells while with AJK, he added an agreement had been made that it would be provided electricity at a cost of Rs 2.5 per unit.

The senate was also informed that several measures were being taken to upgrade the electricity infrastructure in Malakand Division including work orders on (13) 11 KV HT (High Tension) Feeders amounting to Rs 96.95 Million have been completed during the period 2013-16.

Moreover, 368 LT (Low Tension) Work Orders amounting to Rs 219.70 Million have also been approved and issued for execution in Swat/Malakand Division.