Committee to probe rain-related electrocutions in Karachi

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Staff Report

ISLAMABAD

The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) has launched inquiry against K-Electric and has constituted inquiry committee to probe into the casualties caused due to electric current during rains.

In a statement issued by Nepra Saturday “Senior Nepra officers have been appointed as investigating officers in the matter and a time frame of 15 days has been given for concluding the investigation”.

During the past month, Karachi experienced widespread monsoon rains that wreaked havoc on the city’s infrastructure due to urban flooding and water accumulation.

A large number of fatal and non-fatal incidents occurred due to electrocution and prolonged power outages were experienced in large parts of the metropolis.

“These prima facie facts indicate possible violations of Nepra-administered laws, codes, standards and other applicable documents by K-Electric,” the authority said.

Taking cognisance of the incidents, the regulatory body ordered a formal investigation under section 27A of the Regulation of Generation, Transmission and Distribution of Electric Power Act, 1997, against K-Electric to ascertain “the underlying facts leading to the fatal and non-fatal accidents”.

The authority will also determine whether any violation or non-compliance of law and applicable documents has been committed by K-Electric, which caused loss of life and suspension of power supply to consumers.