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LHC CJ warns of power theft if rates not lowered

08 February, 2014

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) remarked on Friday that people are being forced to buy expensive power due to authorities' inability to check theft of electricity.

People will resort to stealing electricity if they are not provided cheap electricity, and that's why theft of electricity could not be controlled, the LHC Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial remarked.

The CJ directed that the court should be informed on the next date of hearing about the steps taken so far on checking theft of electricity. He was hearing a petition filed about the unannounced loadshedding in the country.

Petitioner Muhammad Azhar Siddique, Advocate, informed the court that loadshedding could not be overcome as the government paid Rs480 billion to only favourite Independent Power Producers (IPPs).

The court ordered presentation of the audit report in the court on payment of Rs480 billion to the IPPs. The court also sought a report on checking power theft. The court also sought a report on provision of 650 megawatts of electricity to KESC, and adjourned the hearing till February 21, 2014.


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