LAHORE  - The Lahore High Court on Friday directed power distribution companies to file report before the court over performance of smart meters on a petition against eradication of electricity theft.

LHC Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial also directed the companies to apprise the court about steps taken by them to stop the power theft and to provide electricity to all citizens on equal basis. The CJ also sought details of line losses and adjourned the hearing till January 20.

Petitioner, a consumer, submitted that electricity supply companies have completely failed in controlling the electricity theft burden of which is being bore by the consumers. He said the electricity theft cannot be controlled until permanent chief executive officers are not appointed in all companies as most of the companies are being functioned by temporary CEOs. 

Appearing before the court, counsel for Faisalabad Electricity Supply Company Ilyas Khan submitted that they have taken several steps to control the electricity theft. He said smart meters are being installed which are a guarantee against theft of power.

At this the CJ directed him to apprise the court about performance of smart meters against the electricity theft on next date of hearing. He also said a report also should be presented before the court about steps to control the electricity theft.