National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) has taken a serious notice of electricity outages in Karachi following monsoon rains and sought a detailed reply from K-Electric.
This was disclosed by Chairman Nepra during a public hearing on a tariff petition filed by K-Electric for May 2016 under a monthly fuel adjustment mechanism.
According to Chairman Nepra, Brigadier Tariq Saddozai (Retd), Nepra had issued a prior warning to K-Electric last month with the directions to take appropriate measures with respect to monsoon rains but the power utility did not take the required measures.
“Karachiites are crying but the power utility is paying no heed. People are in pain for the last 30 hours but electricity has not been restored.
There is no area in Karachi which is not affected due to worst electricity crisis,” said Chairman Nepra who has also served as KESC Managing Director.
On Wednesday night, K-Electric team gave him an “all is well “report but according to media reports people are still facing problems, he added.
Chairman Nepra argued that where faults exist, the power utility should accept its responsibility, adding that when Karachiites face issues, Nepra doubles monitoring of K-Electric. He said, K-Electric has no sense of people’s difficulties.
Deputy Director Finance, KE, Ayaz Jaffar maintained that the situation has improved and people are being updated through social media.
However, Chairman Nepra rejected the claim of KE’s officials and sought a detailed report from the power utility. Nepra has rejected KE’s petition for an increase of 14 paisa per unit in tariff under fuel adjustment mechanism.
During public hearing, Nepra officials expressed concern on the KE’s petition in which the latter sought an increase in tariff of 14 paisa per unit under the garb of fuel price adjustment.
Nepra officials expressed surprise at the petition filed by KE to increase tariff despite a decline in the prices of furnace oil.
According to Nepra’s working electricity prices should be slashed by 8 paisa per unit. KE team acknowledged that they have submitted an inaccurate petition, saying that electricity prices should be reduced by two paisa per unit.
After hearing the arguments of KE’s officials, Chairman Nepra reserved determination on tariff petition and said that Nepra’s team will decide about ultimate reduction in KE tariff after proper working. -Business Recorder