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Nepra initiates formal probe against K-Electric over electrocution deaths, outages

Nepra initiates formal probe against K-Electric over electrocution deaths, outages

The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) on Saturday announced that it has initiated a formal investigation against K-Electric over electrocution incidents in Karachi during the current monsoon season.

"Senior Nepra officers have been appointed as investigating officers in the matter and a time frame of 15 days has been given for concluding the investigation," read a press release issued by the authority.

During the past month, Karachi witnessed wide-spread monsoon rains that caused havoc due to urban flooding and water accumulation.

A large number of fatal and non-fatal accidents occurred due to electrocution and prolonged power outages were experienced in large parts of the city.




These prima facie facts indicate possible violations of NEPRA-administered laws, codes, standards and other applicable documents by K-Electric, the authority said.

The regulatory authority took cognizance of these incidents and 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"

The authority will also 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.

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