Catching power thieves

Sir: The power authorities in Pakistani should do what their counterparts are doing to eliminate electricity theft in India. Power theft across the border is now a non-bailable offence, and punishable with imprisonment of up to three years, a hefty fine, or both. Authorities inspect premises to match consumption indicated with the number of appliances. Master meters are installed outside the premises of those suspected of stealing electricity. Readings of these master meters are then compared with the meters installed inside to check for theft. Something of this sort used to be done by the Karachi Electric Supply Corporation many years ago. It’s high time to resume this practice.

Daily Times, July 08, 2009