LAHORE – The Lesco Chief on Tuesday claimed to achieve 100 per cent recovery target in past six months, which according to him was an outstanding achievement of the company as compared to other DISCOs.

Engineer Muhammad Saleem, newly Chief Executive Officer of Lahore Electric Supply Company, during his first interaction with media ensured that providing uninterrupted power supply to domestic consumers was the top priority of the Lesco.

However, he added, the under-construction Metro Bus Transit System project was a hurdle in way of smooth power supply to some areas. He held that power supply along with Ferozpur Road and other areas remained suspended for hours during the shifting of electricity polls at project site.

Saleem said that besides already established costumers services centres, the rapid response system had also been established at every circle office to address the consumers’ complaints. “The response centres worked 24 hours,” he said.

Informing the reporters about the actions of the company to curb the power theft, he said that surprised raids were being conducted in various domestic and commercial areas where power theft was rampant.

“More than 31 FIRs were registered against the culprits and the accused were arrested by the special anti-theft teams of the Lesco,” he added. “We billed 8.97 millions units to people involved in electricity pilferage and Rs913.6 millions were recovered from the defaulters,” he said.

He said Punjab government was the defaulter of Rs6 billions while Railways had to pay Rs 843 million of the company. WASA’s default was Rs 548 millions, CDGL’s Rs404 million, Local bodies’ Rs 3511 millions while outstanding dues towards autonomous bodies were touching more than Rs1.8 billion.

He said that company would not spare the officials involved in over billing and practice would continue until the total elimination of sending extra bills to consumers. He said that the company gave approximately 25,000 new connections in year.