KARACHI: K-Electric on Thursday said that its team at the Godhra Muslim Welfare Hospital in North Karachi had conducted an inspection where electricity theft worth around Rs 17 million was caught on-site.
Giving details, a press statement added that a three phase underground cable was confiscated after a successful raid conducted by the KE team. It was also learnt that this cable was illegally connected to an overhead cable through a sewerage pipe. The hospital had two meters installed within its premises through which electricity theft was causing losses of millions to K-Electric, as per KEs manager inspection.
KEs team after calculating this incurred loss has given an IRB (Irregular Bill) to the hospital management that is worth almost Rs 17 million.
The press statement added that the KE team on site removed the discrepancy, but the electricity supply was not disconnected on humanitarian grounds, as K-Electric did not want patients inside the hospital to suffer because of the hospital management’s ill practice. The electricity supply was resumed through legal means and KE has given the hospital President, Yousaf, time to make complete payment, and if such is not the case, K-Electric would be bound to disconnect the power supply to the hospital.
KE’s team has lodged an FIR against the hospital President Yousaf. KE’s team along with police officials visited the site later after the President and the administrator of the hospital admitted to more underground cable present through which electricity theft was being done. KE spokesman said, “This is quite shameful that hospitals for a good cause indulge in such activities. This not only makes it difficult for KE to function but a stern message should be sent out for all residential and commercial users who are involved in electricity theft.”
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