No priority being given to end outages, says LHC CJ

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court chief justice on Monday sought a detailed report and replies on electricity loadshedding in Punjab from the Ministry of Water and Power, Ministry of Petroleum, Ministry of Finance and other respondents.

“No priority is being given to end loadshedding,” Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial observed while deferring the hearing until May 3 on petitions against unsche-duled loadshedding in Pun-

jab.

During the course of hearing, the law officer of Lesco submitted a report on loadshedding.

Azhar Siddique advocate, the petitioner’s counsel, pointed out that loadshedding was not being conducted in some private housing societies and industrial areas of the province.

He said that besides the common man, the patients in government hospitals were also suffering from the unscheduled loadshedding.

Pepco’s counsel Khawaja Tariq Raheem appeared before the court and accused Lesco of load-shedding by saying that due supply of electricity was being provided to Lesco.

“Lesco is misguiding the public on the issue,” the counsel added.At this, the chief justice observed there should be difference between the consumers who paid bill and defaulters, adding that no priority was being given by the quarters concerned toend loadshedding.

The court adjourned hearing till May 03 and directed the respondents to submit detail report and reply on electricity load-shedding in Punjab.

(Courtesy: The News)