Hammad Azhar orders probe into ‘delayed meter reading practice’ by discos

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ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Energy Hammad Azhar has ordered a probe into a report regarding delayed meter reading practice from various DISCOs taking place from January.

The federal minister while sharing a report regarding delayed meter reading practice by DISCOs in the country from his Twitter handle said that he has instructed officials to compile billing data and screen it for any occurrence and frequency of this issue.

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“We will take strict action if a deliberate malpractice is detected,” Hammad Azhar said.

The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) has also issued a statement in this regard and said that they had not yet received any complaint regarding bills being charged for more than the prescribed period.

“Any complaint regarding over-billing could be submitted at the NEPRA’s regional and central offices,” it said.

A report has claimed that DISCOs including K-Electric, Faisalabad Electric Supply Company (FESCO), Hyderabad Electric Supply Company (HESCO), Multan Electric Power Company (MEPCO), Gujranwala Electric Supply Company (GESCO), and Sukkur Electric Power Company (SEPCO).

The report claimed that the companies have charged electricity bills for duration of 37 days rather than a prescribed 31 days.

With input from INP

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