Pakistan

K-Electric decides to cut power connection of govt departments over non-payment

Power distributor intends to disconnect electricity of 64 government department/institutions over non-payment of dues

By  Rana Javaid   |  
June 14, 2024
A technician fixes new electricity meters at a residential building in Karachi, Pakistan, on May 13, 2010. — AFP

KARACHI: The city's sole power distributor K-Electric (KE) has decided to cut off the electricity of more than three dozen Sindh government departments for not paying the dues and clearing the bills.

The company has sent a letter to the chief secretary and secretary of energy. In the letter, it has been informed that the power of 64 departments of Sindh will be disconnected.

The power-distribution corporation highlighted that eight letters have been written, however, dues have not been cleared as promised. Therefore, it said, it has been decided that the electricity will be cut off.

It wrote in the letter that in 2019, the Sindh government said it would pay all the dues and new bills. Moreover, the energy department was given the responsibility for the payment of the electricity bills and dues.

K-Electric has also included a list naming the 64 provincial departments and institutions in the letter.

It was further added by the company that they have started the process of disconnecting the electricity connections of the provincial departments.

Parallel to this, the company is also facing criticism by the residents of many areas of the city over irregular loadshedding, especially during the current heatwaves and extreme summers. There have been many protests by the local masses demanding for an end to load-shedding.


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