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NEPRA issues show-cause notice to HESCO over transformer blast

As per the notice, HESCO should respond to the show-cause notice within 15 days. Failure to do so will result in NEPRA taking strict actions against the company.

Recently, NEPRA issued a show-cause notice to Hyderabad Electricity Supply Company (HESCO) regarding July’s transformer which killed 10 people.

After the transformer blast in July, HESCO carried out an internal inquiry into the incident. However, it failed to submit a report on the incident within the deadline. A team of the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) then conducted their own investigation.

During the investigation, NEPRA’s Investigation Committee visited the site of the incident. It recorded the statements of the residents of the area and investigated the concerned HESCO officials.

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The Committee also carried out a postmortem of the damaged transformer and visited the manufacturing company at Lahore.

On the basis of the Investigation Committee’s findings, NEPRA decided to take action against HESCO. As a result, NEPRA issued the notice after the submission of the investigation report by its Investigation Committee.

As per the notice, HESCO should respond to the show-cause notice within 15 days. Failure to do so will result in NEPRA taking strict actions against HESCO.

“HESCO has been given 15 days to respond to the show-cause notice after which the NEPRA shall decide the matter in accordance with the law,” the notice read.

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Hyderabad’s transformer blast

In July, a transformer blast occurred in Hyderbad’s Latifabad Unit 8, near Akbari ground. The blast injured at least 18 persons. They received fatal burn wounds in the explosion, which was accompanied by the spilling of hot oil from the transformer.

Rescue teams shifted the injured patients to the burns ward at Liaquat University Hospital in Hyderabad. However, due to the dearth of facilities, 17 of the injured persons were referred to Karachi.

 

Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) deputy convener Kunwar Naveed Jamil addressed a pressed conference at the Hyderabad Press Club and fixed the blame on HESCO.

“We condemn this incident, which has claimed invaluable lives due to negligence and recklessness of HESCO,” he said.

“We also condemn the role of HESCO’s authorities in these matters.”

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