- Apex courtroom expresses annoyance at KE’s efficiency.
- Says it won’t permit establishing a grid station on greenbelt.
- Provides KE’s counsel time until Friday to get directives for the removing of the grid station in query.
KARACHI: Okay-Electrical (KE) is simply getting cash, stated Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Gulzar Ahmed throughout a listening to on the Supreme Court docket’s Karachi registry on Thursday.
A 3-member bench, headed by CJP Ahmed and comprising Justice Ijaz ul Ahsan and Justice Qazi Amin, was listening to a case pertaining to the development of a KE grid station over the greenbelt within the metropolis.
On the outset of the listening to, the highest decide expressed annoyance on the Okay-Electrical’s efficiency.
“Why did the K-Electric have to build the grid station on the greenbelt?” CJP Ahmed inquired.
Justice Ijaz Ul Ahsan inquired from the counsel representing the Pakistan Staff Cooperative Housing Society (PECHS) whether or not Okay-Electrical was “supplying them electricity [for a special reason] because of which the society’s administration provided K-Electric with the land for the grid station.”
At this, the counsel replied that they’d offered Okay-Electrical with the land at regular charges for the sake “greater good of society”.
“What greater good of society? K-Electric is doing business, not public service,” CJP Ahmed stated.
The counsel representing KE stated whereas addressing the CJP that “you may know very well about Mehmoodabad and PECHS.”
At this, CJP Ahmed responded positively however remarked that the courtroom won’t permit establishing a grid station on the greenbelt.
“KE is a private company which may establish as many grid stations as it wants but the electricity load shedding will never end,” he stated, including that ask folks in regards to the state of affairs of their areas wherever grid stations had been constructed.
CJP Ahmed additionally lashed out at KE’s providers, saying that it “removed copper wires from the entire city and earned billions of dollars in a day”, including that as an alternative, the corporate put in aluminium cables throughout town that can’t bear the load.
“KE is only making money,” CJP Ahmed stated. “It blackmails people and charges money from them for electricity that is stolen.”
Through the listening to, Justice Ijaz Ul Ahsan inquired about how a lot time would it not take to take away the grid station from the greenbelt in PECHS. In the meantime, Justice Amin informed KE’s counsel that “it is a straightforward matter that the KE is a private company, therefore it cannot be allowed to occupy the government’s land for its grid stations.”
At this, the counsel maintained that he could possibly present a solution after consulting with the related officers.
The courtroom gave the counsel until tomorrow (Friday) to get directives for the removing of the grid station in query.