The public sector power distribution companies known as DISCOS continue to make line losses in the range of 18.3% in 2018.Power consumers are paying a heavy price for the negligence of distribution companies as the line losses for the last one year reached Rs213 billion. These companies are shifting the burden of line losses to the consumers. To cover the line losses, power distribution companies send excessive bills to consumers. Over charging is a common complaint among the power consumers. The main reason of line losses are theft and poor distribution infrastructure.
The Sukkur Electric Power Company is the most inefficient distribution company with 41.3pc line losses this year against 36.7pc of the last financial year. While Islamabad Electricity Supply Corporation is the most efficient power distribution company in the country. The line losses of the Peshawar Electric Supply Company dropped by almost 2pc in a year, but it continues to be the second most inefficient company with line losses of 36.2pc in 2018-19. Its line losses stood at 38.1pc during the last financial year.
The Hyderabad Electric Supply Company came number three as its line losses jumped to 33.6pc in 2018-19 from 29.9pc last fiscal year. The Quetta Electric Supply Company’s line losses dropped to 21.8pc this year from 22.4pc in 2017-18. The Multan Electric Power Company’s line losses jumped to 17.5pc this year from 16.6pc the previous financial year.
The line losses of the Lahore Electric Supply Company soared to 14.5pc in 2018-19 as compared to 13.8pc in 2017-18. The Tribal Electric Supply Company’s line losses went up to 13.3pc this year from the previous year’s 12.5pc. The line losses of the Gujranwala Electric Power Company jumped to 11.1pc in 2018-19 from 10pc last year.
The Faisalabad Electric Supply Company’s line losses dropped to 9.8pc this year from 10.5pc last year. The Islamabad Electricity Supply Company continues to be the most efficient Disco in the country as it reduced its line losses to 7.9pc this year from 9.1pc in 2017-18.
An official of WAPDA said the payment of Rs808 billion circular debt depended on collection from distribution companies based on their recoveries from consumers. He said steps were being taken to recover outstanding liabilities and an anti-theft campaign had been launched across the country to control losses and improve the recovery position.
As per Pepco’s statistics, there are 26.2 million electricity consumers in the country and half of them are domestic while rest is commercial, industrial and agriculture consumers.
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17 November, 2019