Inflated utility bills

Inflated utility bills

Highly inflated electricity and gas bills have been issued to the domestic consumers. People in large number daily visit the electricity and gas offices for correction of their bills which has always proved a futile exercise as the deducted amount is included again in the bills of next month.

Overbilling, fourth times increase in the original tariff of electricity and fuel adjustment charges have not reduced the power sector circular, debt nor this recipe will work in future. Likewise, two doses of 141 percent and 90 percent increase in tariff had not plugged the hole of financial losses in gas sector. The government is well aware of the factors that are not only increasing the power sector crisis but further compounding it. However, ironically it appear to be helpless to control massive pilferage and permanent default culture,  renegotiate power purchase agreement by excluding anti-national interest idle capacity charges clause of previous agreements and strictly specify time period instead of keeping it open ended. Similarly, losses in the gas sector can be controlled by taking strong and across-the-board action against the domestic and industrial consumers who get gas through illegal connection or involved in gas theft.

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