September 26, 2023 (MLN): The menace of power theft in five major districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has resulted in a loss of Rs125 billion to the national treasury over the past two years, official data revealed.
According to the document available with APP, the power theft in Peshawar was much more than in any other district of the province, adding that Rs60bn worth of electricity was stolen during two the last years.
District Mardan, which according to the 2017 census, consists of 308,409 households and a population of 2,373,061, illegally consumed Rs22bn electricity during the period.
DI Khan is the third district of the province that caused an Rs20bn loss to the national kitty by illegally consuming electricity from 2021 to 2023. The district had 204,722 households and a population of 1,693,594.
The district of Bannu remained at the forefront in contributing to its share of power pilferage, having stolen worth Rs19bn in the last two years.
The district Swat also stole Rs4bn in electricity.