A NEPRA investigation team has declared that K-Electric is responsible for the deaths of 20 people in Karachi during the recent rains.
The four-member team visited Karachi soon after the rains and submitted a report to the NEPRA head office in Islamabad. In the report it compiled its observations during its visit to Karachi.
It has said that K-Electric was responsible for the 20 electrocution deaths and has recommended action be taken against the company.
Accusing K-Electric of negligence and incompetence, the report also found K-Electric’s energy transmission system defective. It raised questions about the utility company’s operations as well.
It has not been capable of supplying safe and uninterrupted electricity to the people of Karachi, read the report.
During its visit, the team visited multiple areas in Karachi as well as K-Electric’s office. It also spoke to the families of the electrocution victims.
KE says unprecedented rains resulted in incidents
The K-Electric said that unprecedented rains and urban flooding in Karachi had severely disrupted civic amenities and services, and [resulted in] a number of incidents.
“KE is extending full cooperation to various stakeholders in the process and will also submit a detailed report to the regulatory authority in due course,” it said in a statement.
The statement said the management and employees of KE were deeply grieved over these unfortunate incidents and extended deepest sympathies to the affected families.
“It is critical to mention that [as] per various studies, a large portion of Karachi is unplanned and includes encroachments in different areas,” the statement read. “These slums and encroachments are infested with kundas (illegal connections).”
The power utility said it was approaching local administration, provincial and federal government bodies for coordinated efforts to cope with the challenges it encountered in the provision of safe electricity during and after rain.