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Posted On: 11 May 2009 10:18 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:09 pm

Law to check power theft in the works

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A draft law is being prepared by Qatar Electricity and Water Company (Kahrama) to punish those who tamper with the supply wires or meters, says a report published in the local daily Arrayah. Quoting the head of controls and operations division of Kahrama, Hasan Jumah al-Muhannadi, the report says that incidents of tampering the meters or diverting supply wires to increase the load were as many as 376 during the last year and 23 for the current year. The situation is being watched vigilantly in co-ordination with the consumer services department, he said. On other related issues, al-Muhannadi said that the number of sub-stations in the country is now 7,112 including 354 stations that have been set up this year. Civil contractors have been the source of constant damage to the underground cables. There have been as many as 1,600 incidents of such damages during the past year. Disruption of power supply by a third party resulting in power shutdown for a large number of people for no fault of theirs is a perennial problem. Tracing the culprit and setting right the problem does take some time and causes frustration and anger for the affected public. There were as many as 1,366 such incidents last year and 227 for this year as of date. As regards selling of surplus power to the other GCC countries, al-Muhannadi said that this would not be at the cost of cutting domestic requirements. But what remains as surplus over the strategic quantum of 4,000 megawatts may be exported.