LHC irked by mismanagement in power sector

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The Lahore High Court Chief Justice here Tuesday expressed serious disappointment over bad administration in power sector and failure of federal government to evolve any mechanism to control theft and misuse of electricity. Hearing a petition against unannounced electricity loadshedding and mismanagement in Discos, the Chief Justice observed that the government had not come up with a concrete policy on power generation as well as conservation.

He said fancy and imported technology was being used for power generation and huge subsidy was being given by the government. Managing Director of Pepco, Zargham Ishaq Khan, appeared before the court along with the counsel for the federal government. The counsel admitted that the federal government had not issued any directions to Discos about energy conservation. He, however, told that 80 percent process had been completed for implementation of load management system. He said electricity theft and unannounced loadshedding would finish after the implementation of load management system.

The Chief Justice lamented that the government had decided to implement the load management system after ten years of serious power crisis. He regretted that the government had not touched local alternate recourses of power generation so far including power projects on minor water falls. The CJ remarked that the people did not need the electricity to run air-conditioners but to run their business and undisturbed sleep at night.

During the course of hearing petitioner's counsel Azhar Siddique also questioned the administration of Discos and appointment of their Board of Directors. He said the directors of all Discos had been appointed on a policy of nepotism and no criterion was followed to this effect. The Chief Justice observed that the directors of the Discos had become a dummy and everything was being done by federal government. The CJ, therefore, adjourned further hearing till June 19 and directed the authorities to furnish criteria and mechanism adopted for the appointment of Discos board of directors.

Courtesy: B R

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