KARACHI: Sindh High Court (SHC) on Thursday directed K-Electric to submit detailed comments on a petition against unannounced prolonged power outages being carried out by it in the city.
The petitioner NGO, United Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, has taken the power utility to the court for carrying out massive load shedding. Rana Faizul Hassan, NGO’s general secretary, submitted in his petition that power entity was conducting unannounced load shedding from 10 to 12 hours daily in the city, which was taking heavy toll on the citizens.
K-Electric was not facing as much shortfall as compared to prolonged load shedding, he said while adding that citizens have been compelled to face uneven power outages. In some areas of the city, no load shedding is being carried out while other areas are hit massively.
Moreover, the petitioner stated that consumers were being charged excessively as they have to pay the bill for power that they use and for those consumers who steal. He requested the court to directed power providing company to stop unscheduled prolonged load shedding.
After hearing initial arguments, a division bench of SHC headed by Justice Ahmed Ali M Sheikh directed counsel of power entity to submit detailed comments on petition by May 19.
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