Rawalpindi - The Adyala Jail administration is over Rs 40.84 million defaulter of Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda) but its power supply has still not been disconnected.

Earlier, the Islamabad Electric Supply Company (IESCO) had given all public sector consumers seven days deadline to clear their dues including Adyala Jail; otherwise the power meters would be disconnected after December 26, 2013.

However, no action was taken against the defiant Adyala Jail administration so far by the XEN or SDO Adyala Sector, reliable sources revealed to The Nation on Monday.

On the other hand, the XEN and SDO have tasked a brigade of WAPDA officials including line superintendents, supervisors and meter readers to disconnect the electricity connections of poor consumers in case of non-payment of even Rs 300 as electricity bill, the sources added. Adyala Jail, situated some 22-km away from the federal capital, housing more than 4,500 inmates is under the administrative control of Punjab Home Department. According to sources of WAPDA Adyala sector, the jail administration has been over Rs 40.84 million defaulter of WAPDA since June 2012 but no action was taken against it.

When contacted, Sub-Divisional Officer (SDO) Adyala Sector Meher Dost Muhammad Siyal said that though Adyala Jail administration has been defaulter of WAPDA since June 2012 and despite several reminders the head clerk and superintendent did not take the matter serious, yet the jail administration handed over a cheque of Rs 16,040,542 to WAPDA as first instalment of the total electricity bill today (Monday). The next instalment would be paid in first week of January 2014, he added. When asked as to how the power supply of the jail was not disconnected despite being a huge defaulter of WAPDA while a number of poor consumers whose dues were not more than Rs 800 have been queuing up outside your office protesting against suspension of power supply, the SDO remained tight lipped.

Adyala Jail Superintendent Malik Muhammad Mushtaq Awan and Head Clerk Muhammad Mansoor were not available for their comments despite several comments made by this scribe.