The Prime Minister’s inspection team has observed that WAPDA distribution companies (DISCOs) have installed new meters which run 30 to 35% faster than the old ones. There has been great hue and cry all over the country, regarding excessive billing and people have been thronging the WAPDA offices for correction of their bills but in return they could only get instalments made of their inflated bills, not knowing that they would be paying extra surcharge of unpaid portion next month.

I for one have been going to the LESCO office regularly every month for the last two years for correction in my inflated bills. With my continuous protests I could only manage installation of a “Check Meter,” which was an identical meter but they assured me that it was a tested meter. Since there was no difference in the consumed units on both the meters, I was told to pay the actual bill. The concerned XEN told me that there must be leakage of electricity in my house, as I told them that I did not consume so many units charged on the bill.

As per the findings of the Inspection Team, all consumers, who have new meters have been paying extra, for the last 2 to 3 years and they must be compensated. The government is requested to order WAPDA’s DISCOs to reimburse the consumer the extra money they have paid on their bills. It may be mentioned here that it is not a new thing in WAPDA, they have been doing it since long to cover leakages and thefts.

MUHAMMAD AZHAR KHWAJA,

Lahore, October 24.