ISLAMABAD: WAPDA has failed to recover outstanding dues amounting to Rs 233 billion from the defaulters so far despite tall claims by  ministry of water and power.

The key defaulters on payment of electricity bills outstanding dues hail from the elite class of the society.

Majority of the defaulters belong to Lahore and a small number of defaulters belong to Multan.

High ups of ministry of water and power have told Online that WAPDA has met failure in effecting recovery from defaulters for want of proper legislation in the country.

WAPDA told Online stern action will be initiated against the electricity pilferers and defaulters after effective legislation is enacted.

According to documents available with Online total number of electricity consumers runs into 500057 in the country. Authorities have issued Equipment Removal Orders (ERO’s) against power connection in respect of defaulters but this step  has also proved fruitless.

Documents said that non recovery of heavy amount from the defaulters has led to scale up circular debt. Massive amount of Rs 233 billion has to be recovered from the consumers who were declared defaulters during the financial year 2014-15 while the unpaid amount to be recovered from old defaulters stands at Rs 92 billion.

The defaulters on payment of bills include industrialists, traders, politicians, offices and government and semi government corporations.

Outstanding dues amounting to Rs 66.72 million have to be recovered from electricity bill defaulters from Faisalabad division, Rs 6275 million from GEPCO defaulters, Rs 23 billion from HESCO defaulters, Rs 178 million from IESCO defaulters, Rs 178 million from LESCO defaulters, Rs 46 billion from LESCO defaulters, Rs 18 million from MEPCO defaulters, Rs 13 billion from PEPCO defaulters, Rs 35 billion from KEPCO defaulter, Rs  72 billion from SEPCO defaulters and Rs 38 billion from TESCO defaulters.

On the condition of anonymity ministry of water and power authorities told Online that circular debt can be overcome if the massive amount on account of outstanding  arrear is recovered from defaulters. Circular debt has now swelled to over  Rs 300 billion.

The Ministry of water and power documents reflected that power theft related incidents and number of defaulters have decreased in KPK while power pilferage and number of defaulters have increased manifold in Lahore division and Sukkar division following the installation of PML-N led government in the country.