CM Punjab Hamza Shahbaz announced and directed LESCO and other DISCOs on Monday that residents in the province of Punjab will have free electricity if they are consuming less than 100 electricity units consecutively in the same six-month period.
A senior LESCO official stated that about 157,528 people living in the city would be entitled to free electricity under the CM package because they consume no more than 100 units per month.
“One person using one light bulb and using one fan that runs for a full 24 hours will consume 100 units in a month’s time”, an official said. Any consumption above that limit will incur additional fees.
All consumers who use 100 units of electricity had to pay about Rs 1,230 (including taxes) per month according to the power companies. Just for the electricity itself, customers also had to pay an extra charge of about Rs 800.
Under this subsidized scheme, every consumer who consumes 100 units or less of electricity per month will benefit from a monthly saving of more than 2,000 rupees.
Under the government plan, LESCO and other companies will be receiving about 200 million rupees for the subsidy of their customers. Currently, there are about 5.8 million consumers that are subscribed to LESCO.
Engineers from throughout the energy sector and from relevant power companies have come together to ensure that each individual is getting their fair share of the subsidies based upon their respective usage patterns over time.
An official said that the old meters have been replaced by new ones in almost all of the houses in the city, but due to time and budgetary constraints they’ve only managed to fix up a few of them this summer. The rest will be replaced during the coming weeks.
According to users’ observations, new meters consumption is 30 percent quicker than older models. That’s why your bill is suddenly higher.
In addition, many households are equipped with three-phase meters that read consumption 40 percent faster if you have one of these massive meters installed in home appliances such as multiple refrigerators and Air Conditioners which run on 12 volts and more.
LED technology has become increasingly popular in homes to replace large bulbs or tube lights that consume a lot of electricity – there’s also the fact that it uses very little electricity now.
Let’s see the public reaction to it and what would be the upcoming results of this package.