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Power outages plague Karachi

Many Karachi residents are facing power outages as the summer heat starts to peak. Amidst the excessive heat, humidity, and the Covid-19 outbreak which has caused many to stay at home, K-Electric adds on to the many woes of Karachi residents.

Localities previously exempt from load shedding due to high recovery of utility bills are not spared either this summer. The areas worst hit – due to faults in PMT and cable lines, claimed by KE – include Lyari, Usmanabad, Gulbahar, Shoemarket Garden, Agra Taj, Sher Shah, SITE area, Baldia, Gulshan-e-Hadid, Gadap, Malir, Memon Goth, Shah Latif Town, Quaidabad, Landhi, Korangi,  Kemari, Surjani Town, Orangi Town, Banaras and Qasba Colony. These localities are experiencing three to twelve hours of load shedding daily.

On June 25th. KE issued a statement saying that primary reason for such power outages was due to fuel shortages.

On June 28th, they issued another statement on Twitter saying that the fuel supply shortage issue was resolved.

On June 30th, fire broke out at The National Grid’s Jamshoro Grid Station, causing further load management issues for KE. This was resolved on the same day.

On July 2nd, KE issued a statement saying that a technical fault at KANUPP plant will cause further power supply issues to areas in Karachi.

According to sources in KE, over 20,000 complaints pertaining to various issues are lodged daily at the power utility. They further claimed while the demand for electricity has peaked in the city due to the sweltering temperatures, the utility company has made no appropriate arrangements to deal with the situation.

To further add to their woes, the residents of various areas in Karachi have complained of inflated bills, maintaining that they were doubled for the month of June amid long hours of power outages.

Over the years, the private power utility company has not been able to resolve the city’s electricity problems and has frequently failed to deliver and meet Karachi’s electricity needs of 3,450 megawatts.