The Sindh High Court on Tuesday issued notices to the federal and provincial authorities on another plea seeking to question the K-Electric (KE) why it carried out prolonged power cuts in the city during the deadly heatwave that claimed the lives of over 1,200 people in the metropolis.
A division bench, headed by Justice Aqeel Ahmed Abbasi, directed the federal and provincial law officer to submit the authorities’ replies by the first week of August.
A civil rights campaigner, Rana Faizul Hasan, has taken the federal minister for privatisation, the chairpersons of the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra), the federal law secretary, the Sindh chief minister, chief secretary and the KE chief executive officer to court for their failure to ensure the smooth supply of electricity to Karachi’s residents during the heatwave.
The petitioner recalled that the Sindh Assembly had, on June 22, demanded strict action against the power utility for its failure to provide uninterrupted electricity and also declared it responsible for the loss of human lives.
The court was pleaded to direct the KE to explain why it was suspending power supply to different parts of the metropolis for these long, frequent spells. A direction was also sought for the KE to ensure the removal of illegal power connections from various markets.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 1st, 2015.
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