NEPRA slaps Rs26m fine on FESCO

Penalty imposed due to negligence that resulted in fatal incidents


Our Correspondent November 06, 2021

ISLAMABAD:

The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) has imposed a fine of Rs26 million on the Faisalabad Electric Supply Company (Fesco) on charges of negligence, which resulted in fatal incidents during the period July 2019 to January 2021.

On receipt of reports of 17 deaths in different electrocution incidents during the period under review, Nepra constituted a two-member investigation committee and tasked it to visit the relevant areas, said a statement issued on Friday.

“The body was given the responsibility to conduct investigation and ascertain facts and possible violations of Nepra laws, rules and regulations,” it said. The investigation committee’s report revealed that 10 out of 17 deaths occurred due to Fesco’s negligence, it said. The authority issued a show cause notice to Fesco on June 29, 2021 provided an opportunity of hearing to Fesco on September 15.

“Based on the evidence available on record, submissions of Fesco and relevant provisions of laws, rules and regulations, the authority concluded that Fesco failed to discharge its statutory obligations to maintain safety standards as laid down in the relevant laws,” it said. The authority has, therefore, imposed fine of Rs26 million on Fesco.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 6th, 2021.

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