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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s power sector circular debt has reached Rs 2.635 trillion during first seven months of (July-January) 2023-24 against Rs 2.626 trillion during the same period of 2022-23.

According to a government document, total payables to the power producers stood at Rs 1,760 trillion, followed by Rs 111 billion to generation companies’ (Gencos) payables to fuel suppliers, and Rs 765 billion as the amount parked in Pakistan Holding Limited (PHL) in fiscal year 2023-24. The unclaimed subsidies were reduced by zero in fiscal year 2023-24.

Meanwhile, the independent power producers’ (IPPs) interest charges on delayed payment were Rs 72 billion during seven months of 2023-24 - a drop from Rs 99 billion during same period of 2022-23

Businessman urges incoming govt to address circular debt issue

The pending generation cost, which is made up of quarterly tariff adjustments (QTA) and fuel charge adjustments (FCA), increased to Rs 214 billion in July January 2023-24 from Rs 139 billion during the same period of 2022-23. The dues pending on the part of K-Electric fell from Rs 102 billion to negative Rs 11 billion.

However, power distribution companies’ (Discos) losses due to inefficiency rose to Rs 86 billion during seven months of 2023-24 from Rs 69 billion in 2022-23.

Discos under recoveries have also increased to Rs 198 billion during July- January 2023-24 from Rs 1170 billion of 2022-23.

The amount of other adjustments (prior year recovery, etc.) has declined to 116 billion from Rs 210 billion during same period last year.

Payables to power producers increased by Rs 5 billion due to withdrawal by FBR in April-23, whereas Rs 336.9 billion is receivable from K-Electric as on January 2024.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2024

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Jamsheed Ansari Feb 23, 2024 09:22am
With 66 rupees per unit, it will only increase and we will see more theft. Economy will crash by July/August
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Sohail Feb 23, 2024 05:37pm
@Jamsheed Ansari , InshaAllah
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Aam Aadmi Feb 24, 2024 06:48pm
It has to when 20% of the population pays for electricity and 80% either steal or use electricity totally free of charge.
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