LHC seeks details of ‘exemption’ from outages
LAHORE, Feb 7: Lahore High Court Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial on Thursday sought a report from the Pakistan Electric Power Company (Pepco) about detail of supply to consumers from each grid station and alleged exemption to government residences and Bahria Town from loadshedding.
The chief justice was hearing a petition against unannounced power outages and exemption to VVIPs premises from loadshedding in the country.
Earlier, Pepco’s counsel told the court that percentage of Lesco line losses was lesser than those being suffered by other power distribution companies.
He said in many distribution companies (Discos) the line losses were from 11 to 23 per cent.
The CJ remarked it appeared power thieves were the major beneficiary of Rs40 billion subsidy being given in the electricity bills.
He said the government should announce subsidised electricity package for the consumers paying their bills regularly.
A National Transmission and Dispatch Company (NTDC) representative told the court that project of smart digital meters for ‘lifeline electricity consumers’ was on the cards.
Advocate Azhar Siddique, the petitioner, argued that political appointments in power sector had destroyed the whole system. He said Wapda officials were supplied free electricity while the common citizens were being subjected to inflated power tariffs and unannounced loadshedding.
The petitioner said under the load management plan Punjab was being discriminated against other provinces where there was large-scale power theft and lower bill recovery.
He said the VVIPs premises and Bahria Town was exempted from electricity loadshedding.
The CJ adjourned further hearing till March 20 and sought reports from Pepco.