Divisional Govt Announces Measures to Curb Illegal Power Connections. Lahore’s divisional administration is taking a strong stance against unauthorized power supply to unapproved housing projects within the city’s subdivisions. They have called upon the Lahore Development Authority (LDA) and relevant authorities, including defunct town municipal administrations, to provide a list of these illegal housing schemes to the Lahore Electric Supply Company (LESCO).

In a recent meeting between the Lahore commissioner and senior LESCO officials, it was revealed that these illegal housing schemes had fraudulently obtained power connections, pretending to operate tube wells and for purposes unrelated to supplying electricity to consumers. Commissioner Muhammad Ali Randhawa stated that they would promptly provide a list of such illegal schemes and tasked LESCO with investigating which schemes were granted power connections and the justifications provided by responsible officers.

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Divisional Govt Announces Measures to Curb Illegal Power Connections

LESCO officials have been assigned the responsibility to identify these connections and submit a comprehensive report to the divisional administration within two weeks. This report will be the basis for disconnecting the power supply to these illegal housing schemes. Additionally, an audit of electricity connections to illegal housing societies within controlled areas of the District Administration and LDA will be conducted.

Commissioner Randhawa also commended LESCO for improving their procedures for addressing consumer complaints and requested a report on the issuance of no-objection certificates to illegal societies. He affirmed that efforts to combat electricity theft would continue across the division.
Meanwhile, LESCO management has identified 11,578 connections involved in electricity theft across five districts: Lahore, Nankana Sahib, Sheikhupura, Okara, and Kasur. They have filed FIRs against 11,478 electricity thieves, with 10,505 cases registered at police stations and 3,484 accused individuals apprehended.

These electricity thieves collectively face charges related to 24.250 million detection units, resulting in over PKR 1.096 billion in losses. LESCO’s anti-power theft campaign is ongoing, with 588 connections found to be involved in electricity theft during the latest inspection, leading to FIR applications against 585 electricity thieves, 258 FIRs registered, and 122 accused individuals arrested.

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