SSGC cuts off hundreds of gas connections of defaulters

KARACHI: In its quest to recover Company’s massive outstanding dues of Rs. 79 billion, Sui Southern Gas Company initiated stern action against defaulting customers by disconnecting their gas supplies.

Majority of these defaulters have already been disconnected whereas hundreds of disconnections are being conducted on daily basis. The company has also decided to publicize the names of these defaulters through media under six major customer categories i.e. industrial bulk, industrial, government, bulk, commercial and domestic.

Listed below are the top 5 defaulting customers of each of above mentioned six customer categories; Industrial Bulk Customers: Total Outstanding Rs 64,612.162 million. Top5 defaulters: KESC Rs 46,013.890 m, WAPDA Rs. 3,282.360 m, Pakistan Steel Rs. 13,434.521 m, DHA Desalination Plant, Karachi Rs. 1,168.020 m and Habibullah Coastal Power, Balochistan Rs 713.371 m.

Industrial Customers: Total Outstanding Rs. 328.013 million. Top5 defaulters: Colourital Pvt. Ltd., Karachi, Rs. 90.536 m, Dewan Textiles, Hyderabad Rs. 86.345 m, Afroze Textile Industries, Karachi Rs. 72.279 m, Bhittai CNG Station, Karachi Rs. 44.626 m and Dewan Mushtaq Textiles, Hyderabad Rs. 34.226 m.

Government Customers: Total Outstanding = Rs. 56.649 million. Top5 defaulters: Bolan Medical Complex, Quetta Rs. 20.020 m, Sandaman Civil Hospital, Quetta Rs. 11.523 m, University of Karachi Rs. 8.938 m, Superintendant District Jail, Quetta Rs. 8.921 m and Sh. Zaid Women Hospital, Larkana Rs. 7.247 m.

Bulk Customers: Total Outstanding Rs. 33.265 million. Top5 defaulters: Fazal Textiles, Hyderabad Rs. 11.570 m, Superintendent Central Prison, Hyderabad Rs. 11.531 m, Residence Colony Paramount Spinning Mills, Kotri, Rs. 4.052 m, Barrage Colony, Tando M. Khan Rs. 3.273 m and ATF Complex, Eastern Bypass Road, Quetta Rs. 2.840 m.

Commercial Customers: Total Outstanding = Rs. 16.730 million. Top5 defaulters: Deedar Hussain Janwiri, Larkana Rs. 5.939 m, Abdul Farooq, Hyderabad Rs. 3.664 m, Zulfiqar Ali Mawa Bathi, Nawabshah Rs. 2.864 m, Muhammad Khan, Karachi Rs. 2.210 m and Madina AlSadaat Hotel, Karachi Rs. 2.053 m.

Domestic Customers: Total Outstanding Rs 14.172 million. Top5 defaulters: Abdul Latif, House # R32, Shah Khalid Bin Abdul Aziz Colony, Sector 16A, North Karachi Rs. 3.121 m, Rais Ahmad, House # R1, ST21/1, Sector 16A, North Karachi Rs. 3.058 m, Muhammad Kazim, Tawas Khan Lane # 13, Baloch Khan Chowk, Muhallah Salam Road, Quetta Rs. 3.041 m, Hafiz Nazar Muhammad, Village Ali Abad, Bakrani Taluka, Dokri Rs. 2.489 m and Abdul Gafar Unar, Village Ali Abad, Bakrani Takula, Dokri Rs. 2.464 m.

It may be noted that SSGC continuously strives to tap the defaulting customers specially those owing huge amounts to the utility. The Company undertakes a series of activities in softly reminding the defaulters by initially printing messages on their gas bills and later sending them letters and notices. These steps are followed by personal visits to their premise for convincing the customer to settle the dues. The noncompliance of defaulters’ results in the disconnection of gas supply through meter locks application and removal of meters in certain cases. These activities are vigorously supplemented with execution of 6–7 phases of recovery media campaigns in a year.