LAHORE - The Lahore High Court on Tuesday allowed the Nepra to issue notification of fresh electricity tariff, however, restricted it from implementing the same to the extent of over 100 petitioners-textile and industrial units. The petitions were filed by the All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) on behalf of its members while dozens of industrial units individually filed petitions challenging the implementation of revised tariff of electricity, different rates at peak hours and much higher rates on users of 5-KWH or above electricity. Representing APTMA, Syed Ali Zafar argued that the determination of tariffs by law was an open procedure starting from filing of petition by any distribution company (such as LESCO) seeking determination of tariff and culminating in the decision made by NEPRA and during the whole process of the determination of tariff an opportunity of hearing has to be provided to all stakeholders and interested parties. He said the LESCO and other DISCOs increased the tariff without any valid determination and hearings and as a result the entire business sector is coming to a halt. Mr Zafar further pleaded that asking for revisions time and again by LESCO from NEPRA was an illegal act and ulterior motive of which was simply to gain more moneys and illegal profits from APTMA causing thereby irreparable sufferings to the members of the association. Earlier, the court had stayed the implementation of the existing tariffs. The counsel pointed out that the government is considering the matter afresh in a committee in which the stakeholders are also discussing the matter. Other petitioners also argued that NEPRA determined the tariff on February 23, 2007 and made industrial consumers to pay substantially higher rate of electricity. But despite enduring sufferings they started making payment in the best national interest. However, just after 13 days of passing of tariff, the electric distribution companies like Lahore Electricity Supply Company (LESCO), Faisalabad Electricity Supply Company (FESCO), Gujranwala Electricity Power Company (GEPCO) and Multan Electricity Power Company (MEPCO) filed a review petition before NEPRA. The petitioners said the NEPRA did not have the review powers under the law but it proceeded with and accepted their review petitions without giving nay notice to petitioners or their parent association APTMA. The petitioners argued that with acceptance of review petitions on January 10, 2008 the tariff was hugely enhanced to the greatest disadvantage violating the natural principle of 'no one should be condemned unheard'. Meanwhile, Advocate Ilyas Khan on behalf of LESCO submitted that the earlier order of the LHC be clarified so the government could be permitted to issue new electricity tariffs. Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed allowing the respondent to issue notification adjourned further hearing till November 11.