Lahore High Court Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial sought, on Thursday, the Ramazan loadshedding schedule from the government.
The government was given a week to present the schedule.
Justice Bandial issued the order after counsel for the petitioner, Muhammad Azhar Siddique, said that the authorities’ indifference towards the public’s misery was evident from the fact that loadshedding was continuing at sehr, iftar and tarawih time. The government, said Siddique, was not giving any relief to citizens.
A counsel for Ministry of Water and Power told the court that the government had devised a detailed plan to ensure uninterrupted power sully to all consumers at sehr, iftar and tarawih. He said the government was also trying to control and improve the overall situation. At this the CJ told him to file the Ramazan loadshedding schedule and adjourned the hearing for a week.
The CJ also sought a report about taking possession of grid stations – that take electricity from the national grid but are not controlled by LESCO – of private societies where electricity is being supplied without interruption.
Judicial Activism Panel Chairman Advocate Azhar Siddique has filed the petition against the ‘discriminatory’ loadshedding in the Punjab. He has requested the court to issue orders to the National Transmission and Dispatch Company (NTDC), and the Central Power Purchasing Agency (CPPA) and other respondents to end loadshedding immediately.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 12th, 2013.