View Full Version : KP govt seals five illegal factories

10-01-2010, 11:03 AM
*BARA: To overcome loadshedding, the Khyber Agency political administration on Thursday sealed five illegal steel factories and arrested their nine workers in Bara tehsil of Khyber Agency, official sources said.
The sources said that acting on the directives of the political agent, the security forces including Frontier Corps (FC) and Khassadar Force raided five illegal factories and arrested nine workers.
They destroyed five electricity transformers by firing at them with guns. Out of the destroyed transformers two were of 3,500 kva each, two of 200 kva and one transformer of 670 kva. The sources said in light of public anger and complaints against the power stealing by the steel factories in the area, Tribal Electric Supply Company XEN Khalid Khan requested the political administration to take action against the factories.
The five factories were owned by Muhammad Aslam, Nisar, Rehmat, Malik Mir Muhammad and Niazmin Khan. One of the factory owners pleading anonymity said with the support of Tesco officials all the illegal steel factories had been operational for several months but when the owners refused to raise the amount of bribe they turned against them and raided the factories.
The sources said that some 16 steel factories had been established in Bara tehsil over the last four years out of which 10 unregistered factories had been steeling power which were meant for domestic consumers. This forced the Tesco to resort to heavy loadshedding in Bara tehsil.
The rest of the six registered factories had acquired their own feeders in Bara gridstation and were paying a fixed Rs2.5 million to Tesco for the last several months, the sources said. But the registered factories protested the overcharging in bills and refused to pay to the Tesco and went on a strike for the last three days, said Ajab Khan, one of the owners of a factory.
He said in the beginning, the Tesco officials had agreed and supplied power to their factories for 22 hours against Rs2.5 million fixed bills. But with passage of time they reduced power supply to 12 hours, lessened the voltage and raised the bill from the fixed amount to force the owners to bribe the high-ups of the Tesco by using annoying tactics.
The owners of the factories asked the governor to help them save investment made in the steel factories by ordering registration of the illegal factories and setting up separate feeders for them at the earliest.
Talking to The News, Tesco XEN Khalid Khan rejected the allegations against the Tesco officials and said that all illegal factories had been stealing electricity from the feeders and lines of general consumers.