power consumers face rs12 billion burden discos quota violations explained
Power Consumers in Pakistan are set to Shoulder an additional Financial Burden of Rs12 Billion due to ‘quota Violations’ by Electricity Distribution Companies (DISCOs) according to Documents Obtained . The Violation entails DISCOs Withdrawing less Electricity up to 47.28% Below their fixed Quotas during the Period from July 2023 to September 2023.
The Specific Percentage of Quota Violations Varies across DISCOs with Islamabad Electric Supply Company (IESCO) withdrawing 2.04% less Electricity, Lahore Electric Supply Company (LESCO) 7.87%, gujranwala Electric Power Company (GEPCO) 7.86%, faisalabad Electric Supply Company (FESCO) 14.65%, Multan Electric Power Company (MEPCO) 13.71%, kanpur Electricity Supply Company (KESCO) 5.57%, Peshawar Electric Supply Company (PESCO) 1.07%, Hyderabad Electric Supply Company (HESCO) 18.6%, Sukkur Electric Power Company (SEPCO) 5.69%, and Tribal Electric Supply Company (TESCO) Recording the Highest Violation at 47.28%.
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The root Cause of this financial Burden lies in the DISCOs failing to meet their Electricity Withdrawal Quotas resulting in additional Costs that will Ultimately be Passed on to Consumers.
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In a Related Development the Caretaker Government in Pakistan approved the Deputation of officers from the Establishment Division to DISCOs for the first time. Ten Grade-17 Officers were deputed to Various Power Distribution Companies under the administration of the Water & Power Development Authority (WAPDA). This move aimed to Enhance administrative Efficiency within DISCOs but the recent Quota violations Highlight ongoing challenges within the Sector that impact both Operational and financial aspects ultimately affecting Consumers.