Karachi: K-Electric has approached Sindh High Court (SHC) against National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) for barring it from providing temporary hook connections (generally known as kunda connections).
A division bench of SHC, headed by Justice Irfan Saadat Khan, directed NEPRA, chief secretary Sindh and secretary local government to submit their respective replies in response to the petition filed by power distribution company.
In the petition, K-Electric impugned the directions of NEPRA asking K-Electric to regularize illegal connections including hook connections within three months and collect all dues.
The petitioner, K-Electric, also questioned the Sindh government’s notification directing government and privately owned companies to provide utility services including electricity, gas, water and sewerage disposal facilities to any premises subject to submission of complete plan duly approved by SBCA as required under the 6(2)of Sindh Building Control Ordinance 1979.
Counsel representing power utility submitted that NEPRA had issued a notice to it on August 21, 2013 seeking explanation under Rule 4 (2) of the NEPRA (Fine) Rules 2002 for providing illegal hook connections in violation of NEPRA Rules.
Following the notice, NEPRA conducted proceedings in the matter and issued directions to power utility to regularize the illegal hood connections and collect all dues, he said while arguing that such directions were not only arbitrarily, illegal and without justification but also contrary to the NEPRA rules.
He said that if the power distribution company will not charge illegally constructed buildings in the city for the electricity they would consume electricity through illegal Kunda connections. This would lead to higher revenue loss to the petitioner and an increase in load shedding which would affect all consumers.
Moreover, he said that power utility provided legal hook connections to encourage the occupiers of the illegal structures to pay the bills.
The court was prayed to declare directions issued by NEPRA as illegal and contrary to NEPRA rules and power utility is entitled to provide temporary hook connections within its service territory. Hearing of case was adjourned till July 22.