North Karachi Industries reject KE’s formula of average billing
KARACHI: North Karachi's industrialists have refused to pay ad-hoc bills on average billing and demanded K-Electric to generate the bills according to the units used in the industries. In a meeting at the North Karachi Association of Trade and Industry (NKATI), President Muhammad Nasim Akhtar and other members unanimously approved the resolution that if the industries were sent average electricity bills instead of actual electricity units, they would not pay the bills. Nasim Akhtar said that industries were shut for the past three weeks, and K-Electric's announcement for average billing in the month of April seemed to be a conspiracy to ruin industries of Karachi. “Average billing is very unfair as the industries are not using electricity due to shut down, so why should the industries pay the unused electricity bill”? he raised the question. NKATI president said K-Electric had installed smart meters in all industrial units, which did not require meter reader, but K-Electric was using average billing tactic to meet its revenue target. Nasim Akhtar sought cooperation from Governor Sindh and said that K-Electric should be compelled to send electricity bills to industries on the basis of actual units and bills should be prepared under smart meter readings.