Gas utility bills to also carry meter-reading photos


Islamabad—The National Assembly Standing Committee on Petroleum and Natural Resources Monday directed the SNGPL and SSGCL to place photos of meter-reading on their utility bills, like WAPDA, to facilitate consumers and avoid excessive billings.
The Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) and Sui Southern Gas Company Limited (SSGCL) ensured the committee meeting, chaired by Chaudhry Bilal Ahmed Virk, complete compliance of the direction. The body took a serious note of domestic gas consumers’s complaints about flaws in the billing system and reached decision after a thorough debate to put photo of meter reading on monthly bills to ensure fair play. It also discussed revised Social Welfare Guidelines for the funds utilization in development schemes by oil and gas exploration companies and directed the Ministry to submit a final draft with certain amendments for approval in the next meeting.
The Managing Director SNGPL informed lawmakers that the company had a stringent system of accountability for the employees found involved in gas theft, adding that it initiated disciplinary inquiries against 96 employees.
From July 2013 to August 2016, he said, the company identified 130,516 theft cases in its operational areas, involving 18,031 mmcf gas and Rs 10,496 million in stolen money. While, it identified gas theft of 22,819 mmcf by non-consumers and 34,154 mmcf in law and order affected areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.—APP