Central commission made party in PIL challenging uninterrupted power supply

The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court today made the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) a party in a PIL challenging 24-hour uninterrupted power supply to six districts including Etawah, Mainpuri, Kannauj, Rampur, Rae Bareilly and Amethi.

The bench has also directed to issue notice to the CERC and seek a report about the power distribution system.

The bench comprising Chief Justice Amitava Lala and Justice Anil Kumar passed the order while hearing a PIL filed by Hindu Personal Law Board challenging 24-hour uninterrupted power supply to the six districts.

In the previous hearing of the case on September 11, the respondent — UP Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL) — had stated in the court that 24-hour uninterrupted power was being supplied to these six districts because of routine visits of VVIPs there. The court had directed the UPPCL to file a counter affidavit.

"In the affidavit filed recently, the UPPCL has stated that uninterrupted power supply was in these six districts along with Sambhal, Agra, Firozabad, Mathura etc keeping in view the frequent visits of VVIPs in the area as per instructions of higher officers," said Ashok Pandey, the petitioner's counsel.

"The court has ordered to make CERC a party in the case and issue a notice to the same," said Bulbul Godiyal, Additional Advocate General.

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