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Soft packages for defaulting tubewell connections

Soft packages for defaulting tubewell connections

BAHAWALPUR: Of the 11,000 tubewell connection holders in Bahawalpur and Lodhran districts, up to 5,000 owe Rs1.5 billion as outstanding to the Multan Electric Supply Company (Mepco), Bahawalpur Circle Superintending Engineer (SE) Attaullah Bhutta told Dawn on Tuesday.

He said the defaulters had been offered soft packages to settle the bills. They could pay outstanding dues in installments as the government wanted to recover the sums without any confrontation.

The SE said a new meter reading mechanism through a ‘handheld device’ had been launched this month. The device captures images of the units on a meter and those images would be printed on electricity bills. He said the mechanism would help Mepco check the complaints of over-billing and fake unit reading.

Mr Bhutta said they had briefed the federal government about the establishment of a proposed Bahawalpur Electric Power Company keeping in view the welfare of electricity consumers of Bahawalpur division.

EVICTION: State Minister for Education and Professional Training Baleeghur Rehman visited Ghauspura, Dhakpura and 11/BC on Monday and met residents.

The residents asked the minister to raise the issue of their eviction as these localities fall in the jurisdiction of Defence Housing Authority, Bahawalpur.

The minister expressed concerns and promised to raise the issue at relevant forums.

The people also complained about the demolition of the boundary wall of a graveyard.

SHORTAGE: Petrol pumps in the city and suburbs ran short of petrol supplies on Tuesday and caused inconvenience to the consumers. In the city some pumps were closed.

HANGED: Juma Khan, a convict of Liquatpur, was hanged at the New Central Jail, Bahawalpur.

His death warrants were issued by the district and sessions judge of Rahim Yar Khan.

Published in Dawn, September 2nd, 2015

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