A report submitted by the Senate Standing Committee on Water and Power mentions that National Electric Power Regulatory Authority, Nepra, holds K-Electric responsible for the death of more than 1300 people in Karachi. The report submitted to the upper house of parliament also blames the disaster management authorities and the meteorological department for failing to fulfill their responsibilities.
NEPRA claims that K-Electric was capable of generating enough electricity to meet the demands of Karachi residents, but its failure to repair faulty transmission lines resulted in disruption of services. It was generating enough electricity, but this electricity wasn’t being transmitted to the consumers. NEPRA also claims that K-Electric had terminated the services of its experienced workers and its lack of interest to respond to public complaints didn’t help K-Electric’s cause.
The report claims that the meteorological department should have warned beforehand about the blistering heat. The residents would have taken precautionary measures if they knew how hot it’ll be.
The senate panel will visit Karachi to provide an in-depth report about the incident.