Karachi: The Karachi Electric Supply Company has reached agreements with the defaulting consumers of Liaquatabad and Korangi through positive involvement of elected representatives.
At both places, Members of Parliament and representatives of local associations convened meetings among all stakeholders and played their due role by motivating the defaulting consumers to stop illegal use of electricity and for agreeing to schedule of payment of longstanding electricity bills.
At Liaquatabad, Senator Haseeb Khan, MPA Anwar Alam, and Advisor to Sindh Chief Minister Khwaja Izhar organized a meeting among representatives of the non-paying commercial and residential consumers of Al Karam Square and Apsara Apartments and KESC officials. In the meeting, the associations and representatives of defaulting commercial and residential consumers of both the projects agreed to schedule of paying outstanding dues.
The KESC, as a goodwill gesture, provided facility of easy instalments of the longstanding dues. Under the agreement, all missing meters would be re-installed to regularize the billing, and the supply of residential and commercial customers would be segregated as per their due tariff category.
All the associations would support KESC teams to undertake the execution of meter changes and the segregation process and would cooperate for taking legal action against customers who would violate the agreement. KESC has made it clear to all the stakeholders that in case of default and non conformity to the agreement, KESC will disconnect these projects without further notice.
In Korangi, as many as 11 PMTs of commercial areas had been disconnected early last week as the defaulting consumers had to pay longstanding arrears of around Rs. 45 million. These PMTs were reconnected later, on the assurance of elected representatives belonging to that area.
On Dec. 25, a meeting was convened by Mr. Asif Husnain, MNA Landhi which was attended by KESC officials along with Mr Amir Moeen, MPA Korangi, Unit In Charge Korangi, and representatives of 11 markets and other defaulting commercial areas of Korangi.
The meeting decided that all the defaulting residential and commercial customers will immediately start payment of the balance amount from 2003 onwards. KESC would provide them facility of easy instalments as a goodwill gesture.
KESC also offered special package to the locations which had been using electricity through direct kundas. Under the package, these consumers will be provided regular new connections and the process of regular electricity supply will start on fast track basis during which Kundas would be removed and meters installed. The package would also include facility of new connection charges to be received through easy instalments with the monthly bills.
A coordination committee comprising of KESC management and local representatives was formed to support the implementation of the package and to resolve any future issues relating to details of the package. The Members of Parliament appreciated reconnection of the 11 disconnected PMTs and assured the KESC of their full support.
As part of KESC’s revenue recovery drive major locations raided during the current month are: Rabia City Gulistan Johar, Sara Shopping near Super Highway, Bismillah Centre near Super Highway, Shakeel Gardens Scheme 33, Iqra City Phase-2 Abul Hassan Isphahani Road, A-1 Complex Phase-1 Abul Hassan Isphahani Road, A-1 Complex Phase-2 Aabul Hassan Isphahani Road, A-1 Apartments Aabul Hassan Isphahani Road, Shireen Jinnah Colony, KDA Flats Surjani and Palm Beach Apartments Clifton.
Power supply was disconnected and negotiations had been held with the representatives of the defaulting consumers. Local influential persons and elected representatives played their due positive role in this process. In all these cases the non-payers have signed undertakings with KESC on payment schedule and recovery of default payments has started smoothly.
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