In an attempt to fulfill the demand of electricity in the country, Pakistan has increased the import of electricity from Iran by 42%. It is reported that the country will further enhance the import after the remaining international sanctions on neighboring countries are lifted.
The chief executive officer of the Quetta Electric Supply Company (QESCO) told a Senate Standing Committee that since December 2016, the imports of electricity from Iran has increased from 70MW to 100MW, which is being supplied to Gwadar. Hence, it is safe to assume that authorities are making efforts to put an end on load shedding.
Nevertheless, the Senate Standing Committee on Water and Power was informed that approximately 43% of the connection in the Sukkur Electric Power Company (SEPCO) service area was illegal. Adding to that, officials of the Ministry said that they had filed FIRs against defaulters and also sent cases of defaulters of more than PKR 100,000 to National Accounting Board (NAB).
Also, it was reported that the regulating bodies had disconnected electricity in Golarchi, Sindh for more than a year now. Officials of the ministry told the concerned committee in that area that people had been pilfering electricity and amount reached to approximately PKR 4.5 million, but they are still not ready to pay back their dues.
Interestingly, Senator Taj Haider said that the entire area should not be punished for a few defaulters. “It is strange that you disconnect power supply to a Rs 54 defaulter, but you are reluctant to take action against those who have been defaulting on Rs. 200,000. If you need the help of the Sindh government, we will support and help you,” Taj Haider said
The chief executive officer of QESCO also briefed committee about the recent progress on the new power grids and said that in 2015-16 two new power grids were set up. Adding to that, out of 18 power grid stations, 13 have been expanded and up gradation of six other will be completed in the next three months.