K-electric facing charges by SHC over excessive load shedding
KARACHI : On tuesday 30th of may, NEPRA (National Electric Power Regulatory Authority) was granted permission by the SHC (Sindh High Court) to proceed with legal action against K-electric for carrying out unannounced load shedding.
The two-judge SHC bench had ruled for K-electric to comply with NEPRA’s January 22,2016 decision of declaring area-wise load-shedding as unlawful. Their decision was based on a petition filed by social activist Karamat Ali against unannounced electricity cut-offs.
The petitioner’s lawyer, Faisal Siddiqui talked about E-electric’s failure to comply with the national power policy and how the court had ruled back in 2014, against cutting power during the month of Ramazan. However 80% of the city was in the dark during the first sehri of the holy month this year.
He added that an entire area should not be deprived of power due to the fault of one member of the society failing to pay their bills. That the neighbors should not be responsible for one person’s commitment of theft.
NEPRA had even informed the court earlier of KE’s continued underutilization of their full generation capacity and while drawing power (650MW) from National transmission and Despatch Company ( NTDC) despite their purchase agreement being expired two years ago.