ISLAMABAD (Ahmed Mughal): The Pakistan’s Electricity Regulator National Electricity Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) fixed responsibility on Karachi Electric for 19 deaths due to electric shocks in recent rains in the city.
After the incident. the NEPRA has took notice and called the management of K-Electric in person. The chairman made it clear that the authority granted license for power not for killing the masses
The NEPRA also formed an investigation committee under section 27A of NAPRA Act 1997 in mid August to look the incident. The committee submitted investigation report to the Authority today.
The Committee has fixed responsibility on the K-Electric for 19 electrocution deaths and breakdown of power supply for longer duration.
The NEPRA Authority has decided to initiate legal proceedings against K-Electric under relevant provisions of NEPRA Act 1997. In this regard, show cause notice has been issued to K-Electric for the above charges.E-Electric is a private company and is core responsible to provide electricity in Karachi city. It also responsible to generate the electricity and transmit to the consumers. The Govt also provide almost 700 mw power from the national grid station.
E-Electric is a private company and is core responsible to provide electricity in Karachi city. It also responsible to generate the electricity and transmit to the consumers. The Govt also provide almost 700 mw power from the national grid station.
According to the reports 35 people died due to electric shocks during the heavy rains on 29-31 July and 10-12 Aug 2019. Karachi is the largest city of the country having almost 13 million population and big commercial hub.
The NEPRA is a regulatory over all electricity sector including generation and supply and its cost. 11 power distribution companies including K-Electric are providing electricity at nationwide.
Last week, The K-Electric declined to take responsibility of deaths and long power breakdown during the said period.
The CEO Moonis Alvi also briefed about the incident to the Law Makers in the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Power. He also said that 11 died out of 35 due to electric shocks in houses during the heavy rain.
The CEO also said that cable operators also a main culprit of the incident as they did not switch off their electrified lines during the rain.
About the power breakdown, he also said that the company choose as last option. He maintained that when city was sank in water than it was last way to save the human lives. He said that if they don’t break supply, there were fear of more causalities.
The head of K-Electric also said that sewerage of the city was not responsibility of the power company. Provincial and local governments are also responsible of this incident has they did not discharge there duty to clean the sewerage system.