LAHORE - The Lahore High Court (LHC) Monday admitted for regular hearing a petition filed by Model Town Society (MTS) against excessive electricity bill and sought a detailed reply from the Lahore Electric Supply Company (Lesco) till October 31. The court also extended the interim stay order and barred the Lesco from disconnecting electricity supply to the society. On previous hearing, the court had expressed strong reservations about the Lesco performance and ordered its administration to submit a report till October 27 about what action it had taken against its employees who did not take reading of the second feeder of the Model Town Society for five years, causing heavy monetary losses to the company. On Monday, a Lesco official submitted that the responsibility was being fixed for grave negligence and responsible would be proceeded against. Lesco's report had revealed that actually the company had provided two feeders to the society. The society was using both of them alternatively. The report further said the main reason behind sending excessive bill of Rs 73 million was that the Lesco had never noted down the reading of second feeder for five years. And due to that reason no bill of second feeder was sent to the MTS. The MTS through its counsel Mian Iftikhar had challenged the excessive bill of Rs 73 million. The counsel pointed out that the society received an average bill of Rs 40 million per month but all of a sudden it surged to Rs 120 million as the Lesco had issued a bill with additional amount of Rs 73 million without any justification. The counsel pointed out that Lesco had not informed the society under what law and for what reason it was charging excessive amount of Rs 73 million. He said the society had never delayed in discharging its legal obligations, as it was evident from the fact that it never defaulted in 75 years of its history. He said the society with intent to pay current bill of Rs 40 million and already sent a cheque to Lesco. The counsel had pointed out as Tuesday was the last day to pay bill and in case of non-payment of excessive bill the power supply to society might be disconnected. Cops being imparted rescue training Punjab constabulary is being imparted training under a phased programme to cope with the natural calamity and emergency situation. On the special directions of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and Inspector General of Police Punjab Shaukat Javed, six units comprising 660 jawans of Punjab Constabulary (PC) of Multan, Rawalpindi, Faisalabad, Lahore and Farooqabad have been constituted for this purpose. Farooqabad PC's Deputy Commandant DIG Khadim Hussain Bhatti stated this while addressing the opening ceremony of the training course on Monday. PC's SSP Dr Muhammad Shafique, Assistant Director of Rescue-1122, Dr Ali Imam Syed and other police officers were also present. In the first phase, 330 jawans would be provided with basic rescue training in one month, and with the cooperation of the National Disaster Management Authority, they (jawans) would also be given further training to respond effectively to natural calamity. They would remain alert round the clock to ensure instant response to any emergency, he added. Later, talking to reporters, the commandant said that Punjab government would provide transport, ambulances, special equipment, boats, life jackets, ration and other necessary items to the force. This initiative, he observed, would enhance public image about the police department.