LARKANA: SEPCO Larkana authorities have sent a bill of Rs 29,446,388 in the name of former Pakistan National Centre (PNC), which is dysfunctional since very long as old building was demolished and a new building is under construction since last three years, where Begum Nusrat Bhutto Library & Multipurpose Hall will be established after completion.
The foundation stone of the old building was laid by former Governor General, Ghulam Mohammad on January 09, 1954 when noted lawyer late Abdul Ghafoor Bhurghri was the President of the Municipal Committee Larkana. The building was inaugurated by the then Pakistan Prime Minister, Malik Feroze Khan Noon on May 23, 1958. When PPP founder leader Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto took over, the building was converted into Pakistan National Centre where a large library was also established and Syed Riaz Hussain Shah was posted as its first resident director.
During Musharraf era power devolution, the building was used as District Council Hall where meeting was also regularly held and before that it was repaired and renovated out of tax payer’s money. When Benazir Bhutto was assassinated on December 27, 2007, angry mobs set this building on fire along with other buildings in Larkana due to which it was damaged and it lost its glory.
Education Minister Nisar Khuhro took personal efforts to save the building from land grabbers mafia and funds were allocated for construction of new building to establish a much needed fascinating library and a hall and construction work of the same is still underway. Khuhro himself laid the foundation stone of the building which proves that there was no consumption of electricity at all during all this period but the SEPCO authorities as usual used their old tricks to issue wrong bills to save their own skin and to hide their corruption due to which people are suffering for prolonged load shedding.
It has been mentioned in the bill that if it is not paid within due date late payment surcharge of Rs41,692 will also be levied & paid. It is also learnt that monthly bills of the old building were paid out of former district council funds and since last three years disconnection was made.
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