ISLAMABAD -

The Supreme Court on Friday directed managing directors of all the power distribution companies of the country to convene a meeting with the managing director NTDC to ensure its earlier order (21st May 2013) for equitable electricity distribution among domestic and industrial consumers.

A three-judge bench of the Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry resumed hearing of a suo-motu on unprecedented load shedding in the country.

The court asked managing directors of DISCOs, Chairman Indus River System Authority (IRSA), Secretary Ministry of Water and Power to file a joint statement in the Registrar office after conclusion of the meeting of managing directors of National Transmission and Dispatch Company (NTDC) and DISCOs today.

Categorically, the court said in its short order in the instant matter, "However, it is made clear to all the managing directors of DISCOs that they are bound by this order which shall be implemented without any excuse."

At the outset of the hearing, the bench inquired that why its order of May 21 was not implemented in letter and spirit for taking effective measures towards reducing power loadshedding. "What makes the authority concerned to supply power without discrimination in the country either it is Presidency, Prime Minister House, Supreme Court or a common consumer," the bench questioned.

Managing Director NTDC Zargham Eshaq Khan apprised the bench that the project relating to smart metering system installation in all the feeders across Pakistan would be completed during September of the current fiscal year.

He informed that the system will enable the mangers to know exactly how much electricity is being supplied through the power distribution companies. Upon that the Chief Justice remarked that artificial dearth of electricity generation causing hue and cry in the country saying children are dying whereas people are crying due to load shedding.

Expressing annoyance over the current load shedding the Chief Justice Chaudhry said: "The consumers are staging agitation in sizzling hot - they are not mad but calling immediate attention of the policy makers to address the growing load shedding".

The Chief Justice further questioned as to why electricity supply to key institutions was not disconnected when they are defaulters.

Zargham informed the bench that currently there was shortfall of 3800MW, which is 30 percent of total production of the electricity in the country.

The Chief Justice pointed out that it is hard to understand that why power distribution companies were established in the country saying electricity supply was smooth during performance of single entity 'WAPDA'. Terming the power companies formation and operation complicated, the Chief Justice Chaudhry Iftikhar remarked legal issues would arose in the companies which will enhance the current miseries in the electric supply.

The bench directed SC office to communicate this to all the concerned during the course of the day through managing director PEPCO and NTDC for strict compliance.

The hearing was adjourned till June 10.