The Multan Electric Power Company (MEPCO) has launched separate operations to catch power theft across south Punjab. The operations resulted in the detection of theft of over 1.1 million electricity units and imposition of a fine of over Rs 27.2 million.
Power Theft Operations Details
MEPCO reported that they caught 74 power thefts during a series of raids throughout South Punjab. With the help of a task force, MEPCO teams conducted raids in Multan, Vehari, Sahiwal, Rahimyar Khan, Muzaffargarh, Bahawalnagar, Khanewal, and Dera Ghazi Khan, ultimately detecting theft of 82,606 electricity units. As a result of these raids, 1,041 power pilferers were caught. You can check your MEPCO Bill by this website.
The pilferers faced fines totaling over Rs 1.8 million, with FIRs being registered against three individuals for tampering with meter bodies, illegal direct supply, installing loop meters, slowing down meters, causing meter dead stops, and washing meter screens.
MEPCO’s efforts to crack down on power theft serves as a reminder of the consequences faced by those who engage in illegal electricity consumption. The company’s commitment to ensuring fair electricity usage and cracking down on pilferers not only promotes justice but also helps to maintain the stability and efficiency of the power supply.
Power Theft Recovered Amount from Defaulters
During the first six months of the current fiscal year 2022-23, Multan Electric Power Company (MEPCO) has recovered over Rs 723 million from 54,863 permanent defaulters. The operation against both running and dead defaulters is ongoing and conducted without discrimination throughout the region, under the direction of CEO Engineer Mahar Allah Yar Bharwana.
As per Director Commercial of MEPCO, Asad Hammad, a total of Rs 186.5 million was collected from 15,803 permanent defaulters in Multan Circle. In other regions, MEPCO recovered:
- Rs 68.3 million from 5,346 defaulters in DG Khan
- Rs 57.2 million from 3,473 dead defaulters in Vehari
- Rs 106.6 million from 7,891 defaulters in Bahawalpur
- Rs 67.4 million from 4,798 defaulters in Sahiwal
- Rs 78.8 million from 4,207 defaulters in Rahim Yar Khan
- Rs 84 million from 8,384 defaulters in Muzaffargarh
- Rs 38.5 million from 2,136 defaulters in Bahawalnagar Circle
- Rs 36.1 million pending dues were recovered from 2,825 dead defaulters in Khanewal Circle.
Penalties Imposed on Power Pilferers
The power theft pilferers were imposed a fine of over Rs 27.2 million for the theft of electricity. In addition, 68 of the pilferers were charged with involvement in tampering with the body of meters, direct supply, installing loops in meters, slowing down meters, meter dead stop, and meter screen wash.
MEPCO’s efforts to recover dues of power theft not only promotes financial stability for the company, but also helps to ensure a fair and efficient power supply for all customers. The disconnection of defaulters’ electricity connections serves as a reminder of the consequences for non-payment of pending dues.