Consumers may pay Rs82 billion annually to bear power theft cost

In a bid to slash losses of power distribution companies, the government has decided to secretly penalise honest consumers, who pay their bills regularly, by recovering the entire cost of power theft amounting to Rs82 billion every year from the beginning of 2017-18.
It was decided that the Ministry of Water and Power would approach Nepra for seeking quarterly adjustment of the actual line losses and bill recoveries in the tariff.

Published in The Express Tribune, 19th April, 2017