KARACHI, June 30,2022- The worst load shedding is going on day and night in Karachi, the largest city of the country. Electric has been assured to end the night load shedding in two to three days.
A meeting was held in Karachi under the chairmanship of Sindh Energy Minister Imtiaz Ahmed Sheikh with the officials of K Electric regarding load shedding.
The meeting was also attended by the top management of K Electric, including CEO Monis Abdullah Alvi and representatives of other political parties.
During the meeting, the provincial minister and other officials were apprised of the shortage of imported fuel for power generation, the widening gap between supply and demand for electricity generation, and the lack of supply of local gas. Two 200 MW power plants have also been inactive for several months.
The top management of K Electric apprised the delegates of the delay in payment of tariff differential claims and the impact of rising fuel prices on power generation.
Sindh Energy Minister Imtiaz Ahmed Sheikh, referring to the meeting, said that K Electric had assured an improvement in the situation within 24 hours.
K Electric officials have assured Commissioner Karachi to end night load shedding in the city in two to three days.
Commissioner Karachi has also decided to form a committee for the convenience of public representatives and citizens.
K Electric, on the other hand, said that the gas shortfall lasted for 24 hours and the company was forced to carry out load shedding at night.
A spokesman for Electric said that Karachi needs 3200 MW of electricity while it has about 2800 MW of electricity.
A spokesman for K Electric said that despite financial problems, the company had made an additional payment of Rs 500 million to Sui Southern on June 29, 2022, after which the total amount paid this month would be more than Rs 6 billion.
According to a spokesman for K Electric, the company is facing severe financial difficulties due to rising fuel prices and delays in receiving money from the federal government for tariff differential claims.
Protests, demonstrations on 4 to 14 hours load shedding
It should be noted that the worst load shedding is going on in Karachi day and night. Due to power outage of 4 to 14 hours, violent protests and demonstrations are taking place in various places.
Extreme heat on the one hand and 4 to 14 hours of load shedding on the other hand have made the citizens of Karachi unable to live.
When the issue is not resolved, citizens have taken to the streets and started violent protests in various places.
The protest on Maripur Road is the biggest example of this, due to which not only the traffic of the city was disrupted but also the delivery of import and export goods to the port was suspended for hours.
In Gulshan-e-Maymar Scheme 33, people also protested against the power outage, during which stones were hurled outside the office of the electrician. Later, when the police arrived, the protesters dispersed.
Demonstrations were also held at Landhi Future Colony, Garden and PIB Moor.
The protesters are of the view that there is no electricity in the house or in the workplace, so what else can they do but protest.
Protests in Sindh
Despite protests in Sindh, power outages and unannounced load shedding continued.
Citizens, women and children protest in protest against load shedding in Hyderabad.
Electricity load shedding continued up to 18 hours in Dadu.