Smart lockdown areas exempted from load shedding

Aizbah KhanWeb Editor

27th Jun, 2020. 11:45 pm
Duration of load shedding is likely to increase in some areas of Karachi

The government has exempted 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.

It may be recalled 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.

It is to be noted that new cases of coronavirus are continuing to report in Pakistan but the number is declining to some extent and so far a total of 2832 people have been infected in the country while 4,073 people have lost their lives.

A total of 3,127 new cases and 69 deaths were reported across the country today (June 27) while 2,738 people were cured of the virus.

Note that this global pandemic has completed 4 months in the country and more than 4,000 deaths have been reported during this period.

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