HYDERABAD - The Sindh High Court (SHC) Hyderabad circuit bench on Saturday stayed the payment of additional fuel adjustment charges in electricity bills on the petition of ice factories. The bench had, on Wednesday, issued notices to the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) chairman, Hyderabad Electric Supply Company (HESCO) CEO, HESCO (Commercial) manager and other officers for December 15. The petition had been filed by 47 ice factories through their advocate Irfan Ahmed Qureshi. The petitioners contended that the SHC Sukkur and Lahore High Court had also stayed payment of the charges in electricity bills. Water scarcity hurting industry: KATI: The shortage of water in Kotri's SITE area is not only affecting industrial production but also disrupting export orders, says a letter sent by the Kotri Association of Trade and Industry (KATI) to the Sindh minister for industries and commerce. The SITE is the second largest industrial zone in the province and a major foreign exchange earner. There are 150 industrial units in the area, where thousands of employees have been living with their families. "The unavailability and uncertain supply of water was affecting export earnings," the letter stated. It has been learnt that the SITE management has defaulted on payment of water bills, resulting in disconnection of supply by the WASA.