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LHC issues notice to govt over power, gas outages

04 January, 2014

LAHORE: Chief Justice of Lahore High Court Umar Ata Bandial on Friday, while hearing a petition against unscheduled load-shedding of gas and electricity, issued notice to federal government.

The chief justice also sought record from authorities concerned about production and consumption of gas and electricity by January 15.

He remarked that the government should take some solid steps to provide either gas or electricity during cooking hours to the domestic consumers. He deplored that non-provision of basic necessities of gas and electricity in the freezing cold weather had made citizens lives miserable and their miseries were multiplied as they were forced to purchase dry wood at Rs1000 per 40 kilogram.

Judicial Activism Panel chairman Muhammad Azhar Siddique moved the petition submitting that due to intervention of the LHC for a very short span of time load shedding was reduced to certain extent but once again such span has been increased to 12 to 16 hours.

He said that the government had no planning to overcome gas and electricity load shedding and the citizens were the ultimate sufferers. He pointed out that people had been pushed to Stone Age and citizens had to use wood and coal for cooking food.

He said that even the religious occasions/events were not given importance and even those days load shedding has at the peek and sufferings of public were increasing due to load shedding. He submitted that the national press was continuously reporting all these sufferings on day to day basis and the main cause was the failure of departments concerned in controlling pilferage and supply of electricity to industrial units while depriving domestic consumers.

He said that no mechanism had been chalked out so far, adding the court had directed time and again to plan out the strategy to check those consumers who are illegally using electricity without paying their utility bills.

Siddique submitted that it was alarming that public at large was being deprived of fundamental rights as envisaged under Article 9 of the Constitution.

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