SSGC cracks down on illegal gas connections in Baldia Town

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Enewspaper.com.pk / SSGC’s S&M Department’s team members removing the illegal gas connections in Baldia Town during a raid carried on Wednesday 24th July 2013. More than 2,000 such illegal connection was removes during the operation.
Enewspaper.com.pk / SSGC’s S&M Department’s team members removing the illegal gas connections in Baldia Town during a raid carried on Wednesday 24th July 2013. More than 2,000 such illegal connection was removes during the operation.

Karachi (PR): SSGC’s Surveillance and Monitoring Department (S&M) undertook a major raid on Wednesday July 24 against blatant gas theft in a populated katchi abadi located in Karachi’s Baldia Town by disconnecting some 2,000 illegal connections.

The S&M team accompanied by the Customer Relation Department personnel discovered that some 3,000 houses located in Dawood Bachani Goth were illegally using gas through rubber pipes by directly taking connections from the meters. The S&M team also noticed widespread leakages from direct meters that pose huge risks for the area residents.

The SSGC team faced stiff resistance from the area residents using gas illegally. However the teams went about making disconnections.

In order to check unauthorized consumption, the Company is installing bulk meters in the area that will help in calculating stolen gas.

The teams informed those residents facing problems in paying gas bills can visit the SSGC offices so that the Company officials can facilitate them in paying their outstanding arrears in easy installments as well as settle their meter restoration problems.

The raiding party was led by Lt. Col. Shoaib Ahmed, DGM (S&M), Mehmood Suleri, DGM (S&M) and Zubair Qayuum, DCM (S&M) who was leading the technical team.

It must be mentioned here that gas theft and leakages contribute substantially to the rising UFG levels that have in turn affected the Company’s bottomline. In monetary terms, every 1% increase in UFG reduces SSGC’s profits by Rs. 1.3 billion plus the cost of gas.