Rain-related fatalities: probe against K-Electric launched
Islamabad (TP) Aug 17: After several people were killed in rain and electrocution-related incidents in recent weeks in Karachi, the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) has initiated a formal investigation against K-Electric, said a press release issued here on Saturday.
In the past week or so, Karachi witnessed wide-spread monsoon rains that caused havoc due to flooding and accumulation of water on roads and streets, also leading to a large number of fatal and non-fatal accidents caused by electrocution and prolonged power outages.
“These prima facie facts indicate possible violations of NEPRA-administered laws, codes, standards and other applicable documents by K-Electric,” said the NEPRA press release.
“The NEPRA has taken cognizance of these incidents and has 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 and to 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.”
It further said that senior NEPRA officers have been appointed as investigating officers in the matter and a timeframe of 15 days has been given for concluding the investigation.
At least 11 people, including a child, lost their lives in rain-related incidents in Karachi, police said on Sunday as the megalopolis experienced heavy monsoon showers for a second consecutive day.
According to media reports, at least nine people were killed in Karachi on August 10 and August 11 in rain and electrocution-related incidents and victims’ families have since been demanding K-Electric to pay compensation to families of victims.