KARACHI - City District Government Karachi (CDGK) and Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) have adopted a unique method to prevent electricity theft by placing supply cables underground in order to minimise power theft and to enhance beauty of Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town. According to town officials, Union Council No 5 of Gulshan-e-Iqbal is the most congested area of this town with a population of about 0.15 million residents. The polls of electricity supplying cables were causing hurdle in the way of the project to construct a double track while the two substations in the area were located in quite densely populated places. Hence, in order to increase the beauty of this locality and to prevent electricity theft, CDGK and KESC have decided to place the power supply cables underground, sources added. The estimated cost of this project was approximately Rs 20 million. The CDGK has developed two substations for the power utility and the KESC worked out for cables and their placements. This union council is the first place where this unique method has been adopted and it has considerably reduced the theft of electricity through Kundas. This is a better way to reduce power theft in the metropolis and it should be adopted by other UCs as well, sources maintained. Meanwhile, a KESC official has said that a Special Committee formulated by President Asif Ali Zardari would review the progress of KESC. He added that company would be given representation in the committee alongside other stakeholders.