Sindh Governor Imran Ismail has said that Load shedding will start reducing in Karachi after 24 hours and will end in the next 48 hours.
In a tweet on the social networking site, Imran Ismail said, “The federal government to provide additional furnace oil to KE through HUBCO/PSO. Moreover, an additional 500 MW electricity to KE in addition to 650 MW can not be utilized because of non-up-gradation of the system to handle. Load shedding will start reducing after 24 hours and will end in the next 48 hrs.”
“CEO KE directed to ensure the up-gradation of their system. Additional gas up to 100 mmcfd from SSGC to ease the pressure of furnace oil shortage,” the Governor added.
CEO KE directed to ensure upgradation of their system. Additional gas upto 100 mmcfd from SSGC to ease pressure of furnace oil shortage.
— Imran Ismail (@ImranIsmailPTI) June 26, 2020
Note that, extended hours of load shedding have created several problems for Karachi people as they are already facing an increase in temperature and heat.
Multiple areas in Karachi are experiencing over 8 hours of load shedding a day. District east is reportedly the most affected area.
According to details, citizens living in areas such as Saddar, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Shah Faisal Colony, and Saddar are experiencing as much as 12 hours of load shedding a day.
On the other hand, the Ministry of Energy has rejected the claims of K-Electric (KE) that the prolonged power outage in Karachi was responsible for the shortage of furnace oil in the market and said that the shortcomings in the power supply system are a major obstacle to solving this problem.
A spokesman for the Ministry of Energy said in a statement that it was unfortunate that K-Electric had not invested in upgrading its system, which made it difficult for demand to reach its peak. The statement said that the federal government is ready to provide all possible assistance to the residents of Karachi for uninterrupted supply of electricity.
A statement issued by K-Electric yesterday said that the demand for electricity had exceeded 3,450 MW due to hot and humid weather.
The statement further said that furnace oil was not available in the market at adequate levels resulting in a daily shortfall of 800 MT.