KE continues reading the meter in the selected area today
K-Electric (KE) has decided to continue meter reading in certain areas of the city from Thursday (today), a press release said on Wednesday.
Electric utilities have taken this step in consultation with the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) after considering customer demand in this regard. Over the next few days, EC will issue a bill for April.
Consumers don’t need to pay their bills for March under the average billing mode, he said. “If some consumers have paid their bills, they will be adjusted to the actual meter readings in the bills for April. For areas where utilities cannot continue meter reading, customers will continue to receive their bills under the revised average billing mode on a provisional basis. “
He added: “In addition, EC has implemented relief measures such as extending deadlines for bills under Rs4,000 along with payment options that are deferred through installments for three months for single-phase housing customers who consume less than 300 units a month, which “was announced as part of the PM Aid for COVID-19. The EC has also decided to continue these installments for the April bill as well.”
It said the EC had initiated these steps to play a role in reducing the burden on consumers today. “While EC’s primary responsibility for ensuring uninterruptible power supplies is more important than ever, key staff of electric utilities work in rotation from important locations, such as power plants and payload centers.
To ensure that it can continue to provide services without interruption, the utility has once again asked the federal and provincial governments to write off unpaid accounts of around Rs 240 billion. “
Meet with the governor
The governor of Sindh said on Wednesday that the average electricity bill was an injustice solely for the people of Karachi, adding that the federal government would not allow this mistake to happen in any way.
Imran Ismail said this during a meeting with K-Electric Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Syed Moonis Abdullah Alvi at the Governor’s Building. Ismail took exception to the decision of the EC to use the average billing option because the electric utility could not do the actual meter reading in the current month because it was locked by the government to slow down the local COVID-19 transmission.
The CEO of the electricity company assured the governor that EC would not use the average billing option because the electric utility would continue to do meter readings for normal billing.
Alvi said KE consumers would pay according to the normal bills that would be issued to them based on the actual meter reading of their electricity consumption.
However, consumers who have received an average electricity bill have the option to decide whether to pay the average bill or not, added the CEO of the electric utility. He said the EC would not take action against consumers who did not pay their average bills. The meeting also considered the steps taken by the electricity company to ensure uninterrupted power supplies to the people of Karachi during the closure.
Governor Ismail also chaired a meeting at the Ehsaas federal government program, where he said the Center had done its best to provide rations and emergency money assistance to families hardest hit by preventive locking against the spread of the novel. coronavirus.
The governor said the federal government had launched the Ehsaas Emergency Money program to support needy families who were facing severe difficulties because they were locked up by the government. He said the emergency assistance program would be very helpful in providing assistance to poor families during the COVID-19 emergency.
The locking order has caused serious difficulties in developing countries because of mass poverty, he added. Ismail said Prime Minister Imran Khan and his team were fully committed to overcoming the coronavirus crisis.
The meeting also considered ways and means to simplify the process of providing emergency cash assistance to families in need during confinement. The meeting was also attended by the PM’s Special Assistant for Poverty Alleviation and Social Protection, Dr. Sania Nishtar (via a video conference from Islamabad), and Pakistan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf leaders, the Grand Democratic Alliance and the Quami Muttahida-Pakistan Movement.
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