NEPRA seeks report from Okay-Electrical on overbilling: vice-chairman

NEPRA headquarters constructing. 
  • Agha Rafiullah phrases NEPRA a “white elephant”.
  • Calls for NEPRA to look into the overbilling matter.
  • Further Energy Division Secretary Waseem Mukhtar says electrical energy costs elevated by Rs4.72 per unit since July 2018.

ISLAMABAD: Nationwide Electrical Energy Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) Vice-chairman Rafique Ahmad Shaikh Monday mentioned that the authority has sought a report from the Okay-Electrical associated to the overbilling matter.

The vice-chairman made the assertion on the assembly of the Nationwide Meeting Standing Committee on Energy, which was chaired by MNA Chaudhry Salik Hussain.

In the course of the assembly, Agha Rafiullah, member of the standing committee, mentioned NEPRA is a “white elephant” and overbilling is costing the shoppers billions of rupees.

He mentioned that the state ought to pay for the overbilling wherever it has been finished. “Why ought to the widespread residents pay the price”, he requested.

Rafiullah demanded that the NEPRA ought to look into the overbilling matter. At this, the NEPRA vice-chairman apprised the assembly that they’ve advised the KE to submit a report on the matter.

In the meantime, the ability division officers mentioned that the Distribution Firms (DISCOs) partially overbilled the shoppers because of Eid and Ashura holidays.

Further Energy Division Secretary Waseem Mukhtar briefed the Standing Committee assembly that the electrical energy costs have elevated by Rs4.72 per unit of electrical energy since July 2018.

He mentioned that the common worth of electrical energy per unit in August 2018 was Rs11.72 whereas at the moment, it’s Rs16.44.

Energy shoppers being billed for greater than 31 days

Earlier this month, the federal minister for energy took discover of electrical energy shoppers being billed for greater than 31 days in a single month by the DISCOs, following an investigation by NEWSONHY.television final month.

In accordance with payments reviewed by NEWSONHY.television, Karachi’s Okay-Electrical (KE), Faisalabad Electrical Provide Firm (FESCO), Hyderabad Electrical Provide Firm (HESCO), Multan Electrical Energy Firm (MEPCO), Gujranwala Electrical Energy Firm (GEPCO) and the Sukkur Electrical Energy Firm (SEPCO) have billed their prospects for greater than the allowed 31 days in a single month on multiple event since January 2021.

A few of these corporations went so far as to concern payments for 35 and 37 days of electrical energy utilization to their prospects in a single month, the investigation discovered.

It is a gross violation of a key situation set by NEPRA in its settlement with every of those energy distribution corporations, which states that each one tariffs for the residential prospects are relevant solely on a most billing interval of 31 days.

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