High court seeks UPCL reply on commercial power connection at bar chamber premises

  • | Thursday | 7th December, 2023

Dehradun: High court on Wednesday sought clarification from Uttarakhand Power Corporation Limited (UPCL) over the installation of commercial connection metres in bar association chamber, auditorium, and library at the HC premises.Petitioner advocate Chandra Shekhar Joshi argued that no commercial work was done in the lawyers chambers, auditorium, and library despite the discom having installed commercial metres there. Joshi claimed that lawyers work does not come under commercial activity, hence, domestic connections should be issued in these areas. He further argued that in a similar case, Allahabad HC directed discoms in UP to provide domestic connections to lawyers chambers. Joshi added that the electricity bill of lawyers chambers in Punjab and Haryana HC is paid by the high court, and the state government makes a provision for it in the budget. He also demanded an order from the high court that the government pay the electricity bills of the said places. The court has fixed the next hearing of the case on December 21.We also published the following articles recentlyPendency of cybercrime cases high at 97% in courts.PMC seeks fire audits at malls, commercial firmsThe Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has ordered fire audits at all shopping malls across civic areas. The decision has been taken in the wake of recent fire at a mall in Aundh. The administration has issued directives to shopping malls, instructing them to take precautions against fire safety. Teams from the fire brigade department regularly inspect maintenance and renovation of fire-fighting systems at the malls. Fire audits would involve checking and improving water sprinklers, fire hydrants, fire-fighting systems, and emergency exits.

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