The bad news for the citizens of Karachi is that the duration of load shedding in some areas of the city is likely to increase further.
A spokesman for K Electric said that the supply of 60 MW to K Electric has been suspended due to which the duration of load shedding in some areas is likely to increase further.
In Karachi, load shedding is already going on for five to six hours in areas exempted from load shedding.
Load shedding is also going on in DA Scheme 7 of Al-Hilal Society, Shah Faisal Colony, Mahmoodabad, Qayyumabad, Bilal Colony, Gulistan-e-Jauhar Block Two, Blocks of Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Orangi Town in the name of a technical fault.
Citizens say that in the name of maintenance shutdown, K Electric is sending 9 hours load shedding SMS.
According to sources, the demand for electricity in the city is 3000 to 3200 MW while KE is facing 800 MWshortage.
Earlier, the government has announced to exempt areas with smart lockdown due to coronavirus from load shedding.
A statement issued by the Power Division said that the power distribution companies (DISCOs) have been directed not to carry out any load shedding in all areas with the smart lockdown.
Efforts are being made to ensure prompt redressal of grievances from each DISCOs as well as from the central control room, the statement said.
Nota that the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) had taken notice of various media reports from all distribution companies regarding unannounced load shedding for up to 12 hours.
NEPRA had directed all distribution companies to resolve all issues immediately.
NEPRA had said that “distribution companies are bound to provide an uninterrupted and reliable supply of electricity to consumers under the relevant provisions of their licenses”.
“All distribution companies are strongly directed to take immediate steps to minimize load shedding and submit an immediate report to the authority in this regard,” the notice said.
On the other hand, on June 26, the Ministry of Energy had 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.
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 was ready to provide all possible assistance to the residents of Karachi for uninterrupted supply of electricity.
A statement issued by K Electric stating the reasons for the power outage in the city because the demand for electricity has exceeded 3,450 MW due to hot and humid weather.