SHC restrains KESC from disconnecting power to pumping stations

KARACHI: Sindh High Court (SHC) on Tuesday restrained Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) from carrying out load shedding at the pumping stations of Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB).

A division bench of SHC headed by Justice Faisal Arab was seized with hearing of an urgent application filed by KWSB against load shedding conducted by KESC. Abrar Hussain Advocate, representing KWSB filed application in main case seeking modification of SHC order that allowed KESC to disconnect power supply in case of default on payment.

He said that the court had allowed KESC’s appeal and directed KESC to disconnect the power supply to KWSB in case of even single default on payment of monthly bills.

He submitted that order was passed without consent of KWSB, besides order was against implementation agreement between the KESC and the federal government, which ensured that KESC was duty bound to supply power to KWSB.

He said that KWSB had paid a total of Rs1,890,138,622 from April to Nov 2013. He argued that single bench had declared that KESC had to follow the agreement and could not disconnect power supply.

He said that load shedding being carried out by KESC at the pumping stations had caused scarcity of water in the city, which was the violation of basic human rights.

Hence, he prayed to the court to modify its earlier order, directing KESC to disconnect the power supply to KWSB in case of even single default on payment of monthly bills and restrain it from disconnecting power supply to pumping stations.

KESC’s counsel submitted that KWSB was in default on the payment to the tune of Rs 700 million. He said that the court in its earlier order had directed water board to pay the monthly bills but KWSB despite court orders have defaulted on payment of amount.

The bench restrained KESC from carrying out load shedding at KWSBs installations and directed water board to pay Rs 70 million to KESC within one week.