The Ministry of Energy has given an ultimatum to power sector defaulters to pay their outstanding dues till April 30, otherwise, their properties will be auctioned.
However, since the properties of the public-owned entities cannot be auctioned, their meters will be disconnected in the first phase. The payables of both government and private defaulters to the distribution companies (DISCOs) exceed Rs. 440 billion.
Private sector defaulters owe Rs. 200 billion to the DISCOs while the government departments have to pay more. The Quetta Electric Supply Company (QESCO) has to receive Rs. 220 billion from the running defaulters.
Receivables of Sukkur Electric Power Company (SEPCO) amount to Rs. 81 billion and Peshawar Electric Supply Company (PESCO) needs Rs. 55 billion. Whereas, Hyderabad Electric Supply Company (HESCO) and Tribal Electric Supply Company (TESCO) have to receive around Rs. 47 billion and Rs. 36 billion respectively.
The ministry will auction the properties of the major defaulters, whose electricity has already been disconnected due to non-payment of Rs. 96 billion.
The DISCOs have prepared a complete list of running and disconnected defaulters along with their complete information. In the first phase, lists of all defaulters owing over Rs. 1 million will be published after April 30th.
The websites of concerned DISCOs and Power Information Technology Company will also publish these lists.