Karachi is again witnessing a series of power outages that prompted people to stage protest against load shedding.
K-Electric, Karachi’s sole power supplier, has reportedly discontinued electricity supply to a number of areas. The power supply in North Karachi Muslim Town has been suspended for several hours while power outages are continuing in New Karachi, North Nazimabad, Buffer Zone, Baldia Town, and Orangi Town.
Areas of Liaquatabad, Gulbahar, Malir, and Landhi are also suffering from intermittent load-shedding.
On the other hand, the spokesman of Electric has claimed that the power supply in Karachi is continuing as per normal however the power supply has been suspended due to repair work in some areas.
It may be noted that earlier this month The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) notified Rs 0.86 per unit increase in power tariff on account of fuel cost adjustment of electricity.
The spikes in electricity price will be for the month of July which will generate Rs 12 billion in revenue.
This tariff hike will put an additional burden of Rs10 billion on power consumers.
The additional fuel cost of Rs12 billion will be charged from consumers in the coming billing month.
National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) yesterday had imposed a fine of Rs200 million on K-Electric over excessive load shedding in Karachi.
The fine was imposed against the K-Electric for excessive load shedding during the month of June and July this year.
Inquiry against K-Electric
It is pertinent to mention that the Chairman National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Justice (Retd) Javed Iqbal, in July this year took notice of public complaints and media reports and ordered an inquiry against K Electric.
According to a statement issued by NAB, K Electric is accused of overbilling billions of rupees with unannounced long load shedding.
The statement further said that according to the agreement reached with the government of Pakistan, K Electric had to invest in power generation. K Electric is also accused of allegedly not fully abiding by the agreement.
The Chairman NAB directed NAB Karachi to obtain the relevant documents and investment details including a copy of the agreement from K Electric while he also directed NAB Karachi to complete the inquiry against K Electric within 3 months.
Chairman National Accountability Bureau said that NAB always believes in performing its duties in accordance with the law, K Electric will not be allowed to allegedly embezzle billions of rupees in terms of overbilling.
The NAB chairman said that NAB believes in impartial accountability and will not allow unannounced long load shedding and non-compliance with the agreement.