NEPRA slaps KE with Rs50mn fine for not maintaining safety standards.


ISLAMABAD -- National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) on Tuesday a slapped Rs50 million fine on the Karachi Electric Limited (KEL) and directed the company to complete earthing and grounding of its distribution system in Karachi by April 2020.

NEPRA stated in a press release that it got to know about scores of people dying in Karachi due to the recent rain spell in the metropolis. It decided to conduct an investigation into the cause of the deaths of so many people.

"Investigation revealed among other violations of terms and conditions of KEL's license and NEPRA laws that 19 fatalities occurred due to lack of earthing of LT/HT poles and leakage of current from the distribution facilities of KEL. Therefore, the Authority decided to initiate legal proceedings against KEL and a Show Cause Notice was issued to KEL under Section 27B and Section 28 of the NEPRA Act, 1997. KEL was also given an opportunity of hearing. Based on the evidence available on the record, submissions of KEL and relevant provisions of the laws the Authority passed an order on 09-12-19," read the press release.

NEPRA said that KEL had failed to maintain safety standards and was not able to stop leakage...

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