PHC stops NEPRA from receiving tariff

Humayun Khan

PESHAWAR: The two member bench of Peshawar High Court comprising of Justice Lal Jan Khattak and Justice Ijaz Anwar has stopped National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) from receiving quarter tariff from different industries and granted status quo, on Friday.
The counsel for petitioner Issac Ali Qazi Advocate informed PHC that petitioners have packaging and steel industries at Swabi and Dargai respectively which are charging under NEPRA act and industrial tariff.
The counsel added that on 14 June 2019 a decision is made which had compelled the petitioners to pay first and second tariff of 2018-19 and in this regard several notification had issued on different times for payment of quarter tariff.
The counsel informed that PHC had dismissed the notification and the issue was transferred to NEPRA for resolution on 3 September 2020.
The counsel informed that NEPRA did not accepted their reply of the petitioners in which hearing was held 27 November and adopted the notification.
The counsel informed that on 11 June 2021 NEPRA has included quarter tariff in electricity bill to receive it and the petitioner knocked the doors of PHC once again. The counsel informed that after receiving of bill NEPRA cannot tariff in the name of adjustment which is against the law.
The counsel informed that in this regard recommendation from provincial government was also called which necessary and requested to stop NEPRA from receiving quarter tariff.