LAHORE – The Lahore High Court chief justice on Friday remarked the federal government should either change the name of Kalabagh Dam or take over its administrative affairs besides looking after matters of distribution of water and others.

Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial issued these remarks when a counsel for federal government praised the LHC decision on KBD. He was hearing a petition against electricity loadshedding. The counsel, Khawaja Ahmad Tariq Raheen, also produced some reports about production of electricity and load-shedding in the country.

Quoting the reports, the counsel said the federal government didn’t have funds for installing smart metres on the court’s directives. He pointed out that there were 21 million consumers of electricity in the country. Two million consumers used less than 200 units while another two million used less than 250 units, he told the court.

Replying a court query, he said exemption from loadshedding to tube-wells for agricultural purposes were also not possible as it required installation of separate feeders.

At this, the chief justice ordered uninterrupted supply of electricity to those consumers who fall in the areas of 100 per cent recoveries of bills like Fesco, Lesco and Gepco, exempting them from loadshedding. He adjourned hearing till Dec 17 and directed the counsel to make sure the appearance of a responsible officer of national power construction corporation (NPCC). Judicial Activism Panel Chairman Muhammad Azhar Siddique moved the petition against discriminatory loadshedding.