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Nepra takes ‘serious notice’ of excessive power cuts

June 10, 2021

Ag APP

ISLAMABAD: The incessant power cuts across the country have drawn the attention of Pakistan’s top electricity regulator, which has summoned the bosses of all electric distribution companies (discos) for a grilling tomorrow (Friday).

In a press release, the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) took notice “serious notice” of excessive load shedding faced by the consumers throughout the country, due to which the public is suffering heavily in the simmering heat. The statement also singled out Karachi’s sole power supplier by name.

“Discos, including KE under the relevant provisions of their licences are obligated to provide uninterrupted and reliable power supply to the consumers,” said the press release. Karachi residents have frequently aired their frustrations on social media about the consistent electricity issues.

Therefore, to “explore the actual reasons and to address the same”, Nepra has directed the chief executive officers of all discos and KE to appear before the Nepra on Friday at 0930 hours and apprise them of the “actual causes and remedial measures taken by them to eliminate the excessive load shedding”.

Also on Wednesday, at least 25 schoolchildren in Islamabad were rushed to hospital after they fainted in the sweltering heat because their public school did not have electricity during a load management spell, Geo News reported.

The report showed footage of teachers pouring water on the children’s heads after some students experienced nose bleeds due to the dry and intense heat.

After the alarming incident, 200 schoolchildren were sent home from the school because of the absence of electricity.