LHC seeks schedule of power outages from companies

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LAHORE: The Lahore High Court Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial on Thursday sought power outages schedule during Ramazan from all distribution companies of Punjab and asked them to implement schedule in industrial areas between 8pm to 10pm.

The CJ issued this order as counsel for the petitioner, Muhammad Azhar Siddique, submitted that authorities are not paying heed towards miseries being faced by people due to outages at Sehri, Iftari and Taravih timings. At this a counsel for ministry of Water and Power submitted that the government has planned not to observe outages during Sehri, Iftari and Taravih. He said to ensure uninterrupted electricity supply during these timings, the government has devised a comprehensive plan. He said the government is also trying to control the overall outages.

The CJ also sought a report about taking possession of grid stations at some private housing societies where uninterrupted electricity is being supplied even they are taking electricity from the national grid station but are out of the Lesco control.

Judicial Activism Panel Chairman Advocate Azhar Siddique had filed the petition saying that Punjab was being subjected to discrimination and given less share of electricity. He submitted the current outages timings exceed 16 hours per day in the cities and was even larger in the rural areas. He submitted that in other parts of the country, including Karachi Electricity Supply Company (KESC), the outages duration was a fraction of the period experienced in Punjab. He requested the court to issue orders to National Transmission & Dispatch Company (NTDC), and Central Power Purchasing Agency (CPPA) and other respondents to end outages immediately.

Courtesy: The News

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