Sewa considers cancelling overloading fines

Sharjah: Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (Sewa) is considering cancelling the fines related to overloading of circuits, provided violators prove they have rectified the situation within a grace period, the authority said on Saturday.

No final decision has been taken regarding the cancellation of fines as Sewa is still studying the option. Saturday’s statement from Sewa did not specify the grace period for violators.

Electrical overloading is caused by too many devices running on a circuit.

Sewa is also offering free consultations for all buildings — industrial, commercial and residential — to determine the proper electrical load for these projects and eliminate random additions and high or excessive electrical loads.

The move, which is aimed to help developers and landlords avoid power cuts and fines resulting from overloading, is in line with the directives of His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah.

Rashid Al Leem, chairman of Sewa, said the authority works to ensure the compliance of consumers with the rules and prescribed electrical loads.

Sewa is not keen to impose fines on violators unless and until they fail to adjust their status and correct their violations in the specified period set by the authority, he added.

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