ISLAMABAD - Minister for Water and Power Ch Ahmed Mukhtar Saturday informed the lower house of the parliament in his written reply that different private and government institutions owed Rs 57.152 billion to WAPDA against the electricity provided to them.

He told the house that different steps were being taken to control the defaulters of electricity bills that involved strict checking over payment of electricity bills of big industrial, commercial and tube well consumers, and timely delivery of bills to consumers and timely execution of equipment removal orders against the defaulters.

It was also stated in the reply that each of the company who was defaulter in the given amount, owed more than Rs 5 million to WAPDA. He also informed the members of National Assembly that Provisional Finance Secretaries were being pursued for recovery of outstanding dues against the major defaulting departments of provincial governments.

While answering to another question he informed that house that presently there were around 21.2 million consumers of WAPDA. He also told the house that WAPDA earned Rs 156.791 billion in last 4 years and till date.

To another question he stated that WAPDA was executing Neelum Jhelum Hydro Power Project under Special Purpose Vehicles (SPV) and exploring various opportunities and possibilities to generate funds including issuing shares/certificates and Public Private Partnership Mode. While answering to another question Minister confessed that occasional instances of over billing have notices in certain companies. However he said that strict remedial measures were being taken by respective DISCOs.