SIALKOT- Gujranwala Electric Power Company (Gepco) remains unable to recover an outstanding amount of Rs7.23 billion from its 1,555 chronic defaulters, most of them government departments in Gujranwala Region.

According to Gepco officials, several federal and provincial government departments, local judiciary, hospitals, educational institutions, Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), National Highway Authority (NHA), Child Protection Bureau, offices of Food Control Authority, police, health, agriculture and irrigation departments, local government department, local administrators’ offices, residences, TMAs, domestic, industrial and agricultural consumers were in the list of 1,555 chronic defaulters.

The officials added that these defaulters had not yet paid their outstanding dues for last 128 months, due to which they were the big chronic defaulters of Rs7.23 billion. However, the concerned Gepco officials did not disconnect the electricity connections of these chronic defaulters.

On the other side, over 2,000 civil cases initiated by the Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) have been lying pending with different courts for the last seven years in Gujranwala Division.

According to SNGPL officials, due to the prolonged pendency of cases lodged by SNGPL and different consumers against SNGPL with the courts, the recovery of outstanding dues of Rs. 10 billion was also lying pending in Sialkot, Narowal, Gujrat, Mandi Bahauddin, Hafizabad and Gujranwala districts of the division.

The officials said that the main reason behind the inordinate delay in final verdict of the 2,000 cases was stated to be the over load of cases on the local courts.