NEPRA has imposed a fine of Rs.50 million on K-Electric owing to the faults in its distribution system that took the lives of 19 citizens back in the month of July this year.
The regulatory authority has penalized the firm after an inquiry which indicated the violations of terms and condition of the Karachi Electric Limited’s license and NEPRA laws that resulted in the deaths because of the lack of the earthing of LT/HT poles and the leakage of electricity from the distribution facilities of KEL.
During the span of 29-31 of July and 10-12 August this year, Karachi got intense rain fall in most of the areas. The rain resulted in the lost of their lives unluckily owing to the electrocution and the supply remained suspended for longer duration as per the reports of local media. As a result, the authority started formal investigation for ascertaining the facts and the causes of the deaths and to determine whether any violation of NEPRA laws has been done by KEL.
The authority has taken the decision of initiating legal proceedings against KEL and to issue a show-cause notice to the KEL under the Section 27B and Section 28 of the NEPRA Act,1997.
Karachi Electric Limited was also provided the opportunity of hearing. Based on the available evidence on the record, submissions of KEL and the relevant provisions of the laws the Authority passed an order on the 9th of December 2019.
NEPRA has indicated that KEL has remained unsuccessful in maintaining the safety standards and in ensuring that the distribution facilities do not leak the current. It was also noted that the design of the distribution network of KEL does not meet the requirements laid down in the relevant Code and Manual.
NEPRA has ordered the power firm to fulfill its commitments for providing compensation for bereaved families at the earliest and in this regard documentary proof to the authority.