ISLAMABAD – The electricity consumers in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) would now have to pay the higher price of the utility as Peshawar Electric Supply Company (PESCO) won the legal certificate to do so in the Supreme Court.
The stance of the PESCO remained that Fuel Adjustment Charge (FAC) in electricity bills was in no manner discriminatory and did not violate any fundamental right of consumers because it was being charged across the board for all consumers of DISCOs (Distribution Companies).
Earlier, the Peshawar High Court (PHC) had ruled out the PESCO’s appeal upon which it took the legal battle in Supreme Court.
PESCO, through its lawyer, said the high court had not appreciated the fact that electricity was transmitted across the country through the grid system of National Transmission and Dispatch Company (NTDC) and distributed by DISCOs (Distribution Companies) which could only charge tariff approved by National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) and notified by the federal government.
After hearing the PESCOs defence, the Supreme Court set aside the PHC’s verdict and allowed the body to recover FAC from its consumers.