CITY: (Over 600 poor families of F-6/2 Kachi Abadi living without electricity despite paying bills)June 16, 2015
ISLAMABAD: Owing to sheer negligence, alleged corruption and malpractices of Wapda officails and a committee consisting of some local people, over 600 families of F-6/2 Kachi Abadi are living without electricity despite for last eight months despite paying their bills well in time.
According to details, Wapda installed a ‘combine electricity meter’ for residents of F-6/2 Kachi Abadi on February 22, 2001. The meter was installed on the name of one Sardar Kushmala.
Initially, when Wapda used to send the collective bill, a committee formed by the residents distributed the bill amount and received it from the consumers and deposited it. Later, the committee started collecting extra bills from the residents.
The committee with the alleged connivance of Wapda officials had been collecting Rs 2500 to 3500 and later 5000 per home per month. However it had not deposited the bill with Wapda. In October 2014, the Iesco disconnected the electricity.
When the consumers raised hue and cry, they came to know that the electricity bill had reached to Rs 5615601 (Fifty six lac fifteen thousands six hundred and one), thus the electricity was disconnected.
A resident of F-6/2 Kachi Abadi and also the President of Morning Star Welfare Society Karamat Masih Hero told PPI that the 21-member committee headed by former federal minister and leader of the World Minorities Alliance J. Salik had been collecting the bill from Rs 2500 to 3500 and sometimes 5000 per home regularly, however it had not been depositing the bill with the alleged connivance of Wapda officials and consequently the electricity had been disconnected.
He said each consumer had actually used the electricity not more than Rs 1000 per month, however the committee used to collect Rs 2500 to 3500 and sometimes 5000 per home, however they had not been depositing the bill.
He said this committee has embezzled million of rupees and the punishment of its crime was being given to the poor people. He said over 600 poor and downtrodden families were living without electricity for last eight months.
He said children were unable to study and go to their schools due to unavailability of electricity. However, despite protests, no one was there who could ask the committee, recover the amount and deposit it with the national exchequer.
Despite several attempts for getting his version, J. Salik was not available. The residents have appealed the authorities concerned to take immediate notice into the matter, recover the amount from the committee, deposit it with the national exchequer and restore the electricity urgently. They also demanded that they may be given separate meters so that no such incident could occur in future.