SHC Orders Nepra For Take Action Against K Electric

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KARACHI: Sindh High Court on Tuesday ordered the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) to take action against K-Electric for unannounced load shedding in the metropolis.

The two-member SHC bench on Monday had reserved its judgment on a petition against unannounced electricity loadshedding and issuance of collective bills in areas where power theft has been reported.

The bench headed by Justice Irfan Saadat Khan also ordered K-Electric to follow Nepra’s orders.

On January 22, 2016, Nepra had made area-wise load shedding illegal yet load shedding was ongoing in the port city.

The petition against unannounced loadshedding was filed by social activist Karamat Ali. Jamaat-e-Islami Karachi chief Hafiz Naeemur Rehman had also filed an application for becoming an intervener in the petition, and demanded that the government nationalise the KE again.

Nepra had earlier informed the court that the KE continued to underutilise its own generation capacity and draw power (650MW) from the National Transmission & Despatch Company (NTDC) despite the expiry of the power purchase agreement. After hearing the arguments, the SHC had reserved its judgment.

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