On Wednesday, the Sindh High Court ordered the K-Electric and others to lodge remarks on a petition requesting intervention against the power utility for supposedly failing to keep its facilities, which, the petition said, resulted in the fatalities of more than 20 people in Karachi’s latest monsoon floods.
Petitioner Aamir Aziz presented that in the July 29 monsoon floods in the town, more than 20 people, including kids, had been electrocuted and lost their life owing to the KE’s inability to preserve its electricity infrastructure in the floods.
He further indicated that the National Regulatory Authority for Electric Power (Nepra) did not take action against the KE for failing to keep its infrastructure as most sections of the town stayed without electricity for several hours. He asked the court to direct Nepra to take action against the KE and direct it to pay compensation to the legal heirs of people who have lost their lives because of the KE’s negligence.
The KE attorney submitted the petition authority and asked time for the petition to submit remarks. A division bench led by Justice Syed Hasan Azhar Rizvi guided the KE and others with three weeks to lodge remarks on the petition and postpone the matter.